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Stan Laurel statue unveiled

Stan Laurel, half of the enduring film comedy duo Laurel & Hardy, was not born in Bishop Auckland but he was baptised at the local church & went to Bishop Auckland Grammar School. His father Arthur Jefferson was the manager of the Eden Theatre in the town. On Saturday 30th August 2008, Stan’s niece Nancy Wardell unveiled the statue, which stands on the site of the Eden Theatre, known as “Theatre Corner.” The statue, which shows Stan in typical pose, was designed by Tyneside artist & Sculptor Bob Olley. Musical accompaniment by the West Jesmond Rhythm Kings. Video by Chris Foote Wood, on behalf of local radio station Bishop fm (listen on line via For more of Chris’s videos, see and

  • footewood posted: 03 Mar at 1:24 am

    @upcycle Bishop Auckland, County Durham in the North-East of England

  • upcycle posted: 03 Mar at 1:45 am

    more info on the location please, such as country, perhaps include a google maps link in the description of the location. Thanks.

  • footewood posted: 03 Mar at 2:10 am

    Saturday 30th August 2008

  • amarone1956 posted: 03 Mar at 3:06 am

    Which year was that?

  • DanielR305 posted: 03 Mar at 3:30 am

    what a great legends that will never be forgotten and its paramount that we keep the true talents of lorrel and hardy alive for our future children’s generation and every generation after that because of sheer talent and laughter these have left with us is absolutely priceless and if no one finds them not funny their must be something wrong them I think because to me they are both kings of silent comedy at its best RIP Laurel and hardy you both will never be forgotten

  • dave577hele posted: 03 Mar at 4:21 am

    fab stuff…
    stan and ollie rock

  • peaky9191 posted: 03 Mar at 4:30 am


  • surferjay1 posted: 03 Mar at 5:07 am

    Good piece of film .well done for posting 5* for you

  • 143AC posted: 03 Mar at 5:12 am

    Dear Footwood,

    Ms.Wardell is Mr.Stan Laurel’s cousin..not his


  • Erzahler posted: 03 Mar at 5:29 am

    Thank you for sharing this. It is nice to see The Boys finally getting some of the long-needed recognition they deserve. I’m also glad to see that more people are discovering Laurel & Hardy for the first time. Just goes to show you that The Boys are still as popular as ever, even 60+ years later!
    Said Stanley: “Now you are using my brain.”

  • OneStopView posted: 03 Mar at 5:58 am

    Thanks for sharing the video !!!

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