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Memory Lane: Laurel and Hardy came to see family at Barkston in 1947

Laurel and Hardy visited Barkston in 1947.
Laurel and Hardy visited Barkston in 1947.

During his 40 years as a photographer with the now defunct Grantham Guardian, Chris Windows took snaps of many famous faces.

Stan Laurel’s sister, Olga Healey, and her husband Bill ran the Plough Inn at Barkston. The above photo shows when they were visited by Stan, Ollie and Stan’s wife, Ida Kitaeva Raphael, in March 1947.

Laurel and Hardy visited Grantham again in 1952, although, unfortunately, the negatives of that occasion seem to be lost.

Stan’s sister Olga was also a performer – an actress who met local musician Bill when she was performing at the Grantham Theatre Royal.

The picture is courtesy of ‘Windows on Grantham’, an album of Chris Windows’ photos compiled by Michael Pointer.


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