A celebration of Laurel and Hardy

STAN and Ollie fans saw their Wigan festival come of age this week.

The Sons of the Desert from all over the country converged on Bryn Masonic Hall for what was their 21st annual Laurel and HarDay.

Laurel & Hardy festival at Bryn Masonic Hall: Charles Graham does his best Stan Laurel impression

Laurel & Hardy festival at Bryn Masonic Hall: Charles Graham does his best Stan Laurel impression

And there were laughs aplenty during an afternoon of film-screenings, fun and games.

It has become the tradition in recent years to do a Sons version of famous game shows, Blankety-Blank and The Weakest Link being particularly memorable. This year it was the Generation Game which was transformed into Prof Noodle’s Rejuvenation Game.

It was named after a nutty scientist from one of Laurel and Hardy’s classic shorts but was actually quite faithful to the TV original as contestants tried their hands at glass-painting, cake-decorating and using scripts to dub Stan and Ollie film clips.

The 17th World Kneesie Earsie Nosie Championships were also held.

A co-ordination game perfected by Stan involving slapping your knees then crossing your hands to grab either your nose or an ear, it was this year won by 11-year-old Ben Graham from Kitt Green who took home a plaque and tin of Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls for his troubles.

There was also a quiz held and numerous memorabilia stalls did a brisk business. Items for sale included a new “Scrapbook” by festival organiser Gary Winstanley charting the event’s 21-year history.

Watch our video of Ben in action ...