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Laurel and Hardy

at Eastwood Park, Giffnock, Glasgow

Saturday 21st June 1947

 Bill Crouch reports 

Stan and Ollie were in high spirits at the opening of the Gymkhana at Eastwood Park, Giffnock, in aid of the First District Renfrewshire Memorial and Welcome Home Fund.

Local celebrity, fund-raiser and WRVS President, Astrid Stirling Brown, J.P. B.E.M. was on the platform to welcome the duo and share in the fun before presenting them with little silver horseshoes as a memento of their visit.

Retired teacher Pat Connell (nee Hamilton) was in her teens in 1947 and remembers that day with great affection. She added “Laurel and Hardy were my heroes and I was so thrilled to see them up close that day as they made their way to the platform, joking and waving to the crowd.”

Pat has fond memories of Mrs Stirling Brown at end of term prize givings.  She had, recalled Pat, “That special gift of making every pupil seem special when they collected their prize.”

Before the opening of the gymkhana at 2pm, Stan and Ollie, with their wives Ida and Lucille, enjoyed a lunch reception at Rhuallan House on Montgomery Drive. The British Legion owned house was a short walk away from Eastwood Park. 

The Stirling Brown family filmed the day’s event and the 16mm home movie was recently donated to the British Film Institute by Petra Laidlaw and Gudrun Fickling. Their grandmother was Astrid Stirling Brown, (nee Astrid Marie Sorenson).

22 June 1947