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|On Sunday the 3rd of May, many of the
Saps should have been having a splendid time in Greenock, Scotland at
the convention. The spirit and drive of the Saps at Sea is strong and we
weren't prepared to let Covid-19 get in our way of having some fun.
Thankfully the Saps have some tech whizzes on board - Emma our vice
Sheik. Emma organised a Zoom meeting in which we were joined by several
stowaways. We had the pleasure of having members from the Bonnie
Scotland Tent, Laughing Gravy, Man O'War (to name just a few) and even
Jeffery Holland and his wife Judy tuned in!
The meeting was focussed around two questions - If you had intro music, what song would it be and why? and Who is the funniest person you've ever met. These questions provided a wonderful variety of answers with music from tv themes, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Def Leppard, Metallica and of course the boys cuckoo song.
In terms of the funniest person, we had nominations for our very own
Roger, numerous other Sons of the Desert such as Norman's legendary
Delilah, Johnny Sorrow etc.
Now you've all had a sing song no doubt - Stay safe everyone and we look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Saps at sea Details
The Saps At Sea was launched in October 2000 and our venue for nearly 2 years was The Fish and Firkin in Alexandra Road. We had an enforced move when the pub, under new ownership, was no longer able to allow us to have children at our meetings. Fortunately we were able to find a different venue at The Railway Hotel in Clifftown Road. This has been our home for the last 8 ½ years during which time we have seen a number of changes. The Railway Hotel has served us well but had become less suitable. The challenge was, therefore, to find an alternative venue which met our primary requirements; it is in Central Southend area, it is available on 2nd Sunday of each month, it is inexpensive and it will be welcoming for our family events. It was quite a tall order, but I think we have found the ideal venue at the Naval & Military Club, 20 Royal Terrace. It also has additional bonuses that are welcome; all on ground level, own bar area in room and cheaper drink.
Naval & Military club is the last building in Royal Terrace
and overlooks the sea & Southend Pier.
next meetings are…
Sunday 12th July
Sunday 13th September
Up The Workers
October You Can’t Smoke Here
Please note that the L & H event event below is now rescheduled to SUNDAY 23rd AUGUST at 1.00pm
For further information
Click here to see some Southend Convention Photos
The Saps At Sea Tent, the Southend branch of the Sons of the Desert (the Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society), were proud to launch their new banner on Sunday 10th April 2011. Instead of their normal monthly meeting featuring classic and rare film and clips of the comedy duo, the Saps had arranged a rather special meeting to honour the memory of Norman Wisdom. Norman was starting his career in the 1950’s and when Laurel & Hardy were touring in the UK , they saw him performing on several occasions and were very impressed with the young comedian. The special guests at the fun evening in Southend, were Jacqueline Wisdom ( Norman ’s daughter), Steve Evans (his chauffeur), Michael Leader (from EastEnders) and husband and wife stars on stage and TV Jeffrey Holland (Spike from Hi-De-Hi) and Judy Buxton (Dennis Waterman's wife in "On The Up). The star-studded guests attracted a full house of 90 and the fun evening raised £400 for Abbotswood Nursing Home on the Isle of Man, where Norman spent his last few years.
How appropriate it was that the wonderful new Saps At Sea banner was unveiled and displayed at this special gathering. The wonderful caricature drawing by Steve Lilly really captures the spirit of the slapstick humour of Laurel and Hardy. Norman Wisdom created equal unintentional havoc in his films and sketches. Real comedy is an art and it is fitting that an artist with the skill of Steve Lilly has linked up with the Saps At Sea to help them display their heroes on the new Tent banner.
Roger Robinson, Saps at Sea
Judy Buxton & Jeffrey Holland with the new Saps banner
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Visitors since 18 April 2004
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