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 – 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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