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Hollywood stars Laurel and Hardy had Grantham crowd in stitches

Grantham played host to Hollywood superstars Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, when the pair opened the Chamber of Trade’s three-day exhibition at the Guildhall in 1952.

After lunch at the Red Lion Hotel, in High Street, they were greeted by hundreds of fans at the Guildhall – and their antics kept the crowd roaring with laughter.

They repeatedly held up speeches with their jokes.

Laurel and Hardy out Grantham Guildhall. (45284441)
Laurel and Hardy out Grantham Guildhall. (45284441)

Laurel – whose sister and brother-in-law lived in Bottesford and were at the event – and Hardy were thanked by the Chamber of Trade’s John Foster.

At the request of the comedians, the chamber made a donation to the Ancient Order of Water Rats, a benevolent fund for the showbusiness industry.

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