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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Funny idea to boost Ulverston Laurel and Hardy museum

FUNNY men Laurel and Hardy helped make Ulverston famous and now the man behind a museum dedicated to the duo hopes to put the town back on the comedy map.

The new-look Laurel and Hardy museum was set to open to the public today, but manager Mark Greenhow has his sights set even higher.

He has created an entertainment venue within the museum and hopes to start showcasing a range of comedians.

He said: “The dream would be to have a comedy festival – possibly culminating in a big event at the Coronation Hall.”

An Ulverston comedy festival, he said, would be fitting given the town’s heritage and could include a host of smaller venues, including pubs.

Mr Greenhow added: “I am a huge fan of all comedy and I would like to put Ulverston on the comedy map. Ulverston is a festival town – there seems to be a festival for everything.”

Having taken over a larger section of the Roxy Cinema, in Brogden Street, the museum boasts a stage with seating area and a bar.

Mr Greenhow said he hopes to get his personal licence to sell alcohol in the coming weeks, meaning the museum could soon become Ulverston’s latest evening entertainment venue.

“It seems to me to lend itself well to that sort of thing,” he said. “We could have bands and all sorts of things.”

It will be a busy few weeks as he prepares for the Easter holidays, while looking ahead to putting on a big celebration of Stan Laurel’s birthday on June 16.

He added: “We are going to have the biggest party we can manage. Laurel and Hardy fans around the country like an excuse to come to Ulverston. We have undertaken this massive project with little money and not much man-power. We are still in the Roxy building but towards the end of last year the owners offered us the front area.”

And the developments don’t stop there – Mr Greenhow already has plans for further areas to open up in 2014. He said: “It will be a treasure trove of everything that was ever produced to do with Laurel and Hardy. The museum will always be changing.”

Have your say

Grand idea, crack on lad.

More visitors = more money being spent in Furness = supporting our economy.

Posted by Baz Eye on 27 March 2013 at 14:56

Good Luck in your venture..i think that you will need it Stan Laurel was born 123 years ago in Ulverston...memories fade..people forget..but i guess there will be a few faithfull followers around who still enjoy the films he made with Oliver Hardy.
Best of British to you!

Posted by Russell on 26 March 2013 at 20:16

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