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Festival, Railway and Rats

 Roger Robinson reports on a busy few days 

It has been a rather hectic Bank Holiday weekend for Sons in Southend.


The 11th  Southend-on-Sea  Film Festival  Thursday 24th  - Monday 28th  May took  place at the Park Inn Palace Hotel , where the Boys stayed in 1952). Every year there has been a Laurel and Hardy Laughter Show’. I gave the ‘Stan and Ollie - Unplugged’ presentation on Monday, using newsreel clips and three classic shorts, ‘Dirty Work’, ‘Twice Two’ and ‘County Hospital’ to link in with the film. I am pleased to say that we had an audience of 70 people from young to the other end of the age scale!


The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway Laurel and Hardy Day took place on Saturday 26th  May. The railway also wanted to celebrate the new film and so the Helpmates and Saps At Sea Tents helped organise a great day celebrating Laurel and Hardy’s visit in March 1947.


On Wednesday 30th  May, I was pleased to take a group of 40 Sons of the Desert to the Grand Order of Water Rats Museum for an afternoon tour. Jeffrey Holland, Judy Buxton and Lucky Dog Theatre joined us for this very special visit arranged by myself and curator, Ken Joy.



Lookalikes Greg (Ollie) and Tom (Stan), plus Philip (Ollie) and Tony (Stan)