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2013 UK Laurel & Hardy Convention

(Last Updated 22/02/2013 )

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Some good news and some bad news! The good news for the 150 Sons of the Desert that have booked for the Convention is that we are sure that you will have the time of your lives. The bad news for those that haven't is that the Convention is now fully booked. I will hold a 'reserve list' for anyone who contacts me as sometimes people do have to cancel. Please contact me ASAP if you want to add your name to this list.

Roger Robinson                              01702 526187                 roger.robinson5@btinternet.com

Saps At Sea
…invite you to join us in Southend in 2013 for the UK Laurel & Hardy Convention. Fun and laughter are guaranteed and all the out of town boys will be there! Hope you can make it too or even three.

The Convention will be based at the Skylark Hotel (formerly the Essex County Hotel where we hosted the 2002 Convention). The hotel has been extensively renovated and under new ownership. The hotel is adjacent to Southend Airport which now has connections to Europe and America (via Dublin) and has its own main line train station. In addition there is a bus link to Stansted Airport.


" We are pleased to say a 'Hi-De-Hi' to Jeffrey Holland & Judy Buxton will be at the Convention (subject to work commitments). Jeff is a genuine Laurel & Hardy fan and long time member of the Sons of the Desert. Jeff will premiere his own one man play '…and this is Mr Laurel'

" We will be in good company with our own 'Essex Boys', Laurel and Hardy lookalikes Alan & Stuart with their blend of magic and comedy

" We also have some rather special guests who I can't reveal but I know will be delighted to meet the Sons of the Desert and the Sons will be delighted to meet them!


" By popular request we are returning to the L & H Railway, the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway with Laurel and Hardy'. We will turn the clock back to 1947 to when Stan and Ollie re-opened the section to Dungeness. Remember the Mayor, the key etc?

" Laurel and Hardy stayed at the Palace Hotel when they were here in 1952. We will visit the Hotel to see the blue plaque, the Laurel and Hardy suites and enjoy a special Sons of the Desert film show as part of the annual Southend Film Festival

" We will be entertained by The Zoltans  a brilliant band who play some great period music in the style of Louis Jordan and there will be some surprises

" Classic cars display and parade will greet Conventioneers upon their arrival

" On the opening evening we will pay tribute to Laurel and Hardy and their supporting artistes with a special variety show. 'The Southend Revue of 1952' will include live performances, guests, rare film clips and audience participation. Top of the bill is Steve Hewlett, International and extraordinary ventriloquist.

Of course we will have all the regular ingredients of the Laurel and Hardy Conventions:- Inter Tent Quiz - Games - Memorabilia - Goody Bags - Good Old Mountain water and so on and so forth

£215 - includes dinner bed and breakfast on 3 nights, I packed lunch and all the entertainment (beer is extra!). Price based on 2 persons sharing a room   

Now that you have read all about the Convention in 2013, all you need to do now is fill in a booking form and Bobs your uncle. Bob who?

Recomember how quickly this year's Convention sold out? So don't dilly or dally.
We want to see you all in Southend in 2013 so we can all have the time of our lives.

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Links to Items of Interest



Skylark Hotel

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Southend Film Festival

Steve Hewlett