WHO will be there?

Confirmed guests so far include…

Claire McGuinness, Johnny Beattie MBE, Gary Mullen, Jay Crawford and Willie McIntyre.



Claire McGuinness

Claire is a relation of Larbert born Laurel and Hardy co star Jimmy Finlayson. Jimmy was Claire’s great grandfather’s brother!


Jimmy Finlayson from Larbert was Laurel & Hardy’s most famous co-star and foil. Finlayson was also the inspiration behind Homer Simpson’s catchphrase, “Doh!”.

Willie McIntyre

Editor of Bowler Dessert, The Laurel & Hardy Digest and The Laurel & Hardy Newsletter, Willie McIntyre will be there with his Laurel and Hardy memorabilia stall.

Willie was recently awarded his own seat at the Glasgow Film Theatre in recognition of his continuing efforts and his outstanding commitment to the Sons of the Desert.

Johnny Beattie MBE

Celebrity entertainer and actor Johnny Beattie MBE will talk about the time he saw Laurel and Hardy LIVE at the Glasgow Empire Theatre.

Johnny Beattie MBE is an honorary member of The Fra Diavolo tent in Scotland

Gary Mullen

Stars In Their Eyes winner Gary Mullen is a big fan of Laurel & Hardy and will be taking time off from his hectic tour of Europe to attend the event.

Gary Mullen is a member of the Fra Diavolo tent. He won TV’s Stars In Their Eyes as Freddie Mercury and now tours the world with his show One Night Of Queen.

Jay Crawford

Programme director of Real Radio, ‘Bossman’ Jay Crawford, loves Laurel and Hardy and will be coming along. Is that Stan and Ollie’s famous dog ‘Laughing Gravy’ I see below????? Actually it’s Jay’s pet pooch Jake!

Jay has appeared on various TV shows with STV and the BBC including “Action Line” which won a top international award for community involvement.



We also invited Laurel & Hardy co star Jean Darling along but sadly she cannot attend. She has however, very kindly donated a signed photograph to our raffle.

ourgangjeandarlingJean Darling writes…

I am very sorry and I mean sorry to have say I can’t come. I so rarely see my family (son and two grandsons) as they live in Germany and for the first time ever they are taking their holidays in Dublin the first two weeks in August. So, However, as you found this time to invite me maybe sometime in the not too distant future you will give me another chance.Thank you again for inviting me and I hope you have a wonderful success —— I would love to see that theatre ——- there are so few picture palaces left

Bye for now ——— Jean