TWICE TWO – Southend 2009


Sons fun in Sunny Southend

Sat 12th & Sun 13th September 2009

Roger Robinson reports…

It is TWICE the fun when TWO Tents get together for a very special Sons of the Desert event.
That is precisely what Saps At Sea and Laughing Gravy Tents are doing again next summer.

Sons can arrive in Southend during the day and enjoy the facilities of our seaside town by themselves – beach, Pier, arcades, bowling, food, shops, pubs and so on and so forth…..

At 6pm until midnight at the Clarence Hall in Central Southend enjoy non-stop live entertainment at TWICE TWO SATURDAY . Already booked for this extravaganza:-

•Gary & Rob – Laurel and Hardy lookalikes and amazing close-up magic

•TAGS – The talented 4 lads with a blend of harmony singing, comedy, music & more

•You’re Darn Tootin’ Band – Dave Dearle with his Hot Jazz band and special guest Eileen Ford

•Alexander the Great – Southend’s own 10 year old in his tribute to his hero, Oliver Hardy

•Vincent Byrne – Birmingham’s young Pianist accompanying Laurel & Hardy on the Big Screen

+ Sons Entertain + Surprises+ Cold Buffet

Sons can stay overnight in Southend and on Sunday indulge in all or part of a rather unusual OLLYMPIC SUNDAY. Let me explain. After our breakfast, we will meet at Southend Central Station and get a train to Pottsville, I mean Leigh. Here we will take to ‘Them Thar Hills’ with a Sunday Morning Walk to the site of the 2012 Olympic Mountain Bike Course at the historic ruins of Hadleigh Castle. There are some great views of Leigh Marshes, the Thames Estuary, Canvey Island and the Kent coast. On our return route we will descend the ‘Music Box Steps’ to Old Leigh. The walk is about 2 miles with some slopes and steps without rushing will take about 2 hours. Back at Old Leigh, for those who may be thirsty and hungry, there are several old pubs or you can return by train to Southend.

The afternoon is at your own leisure to do whatever you wish in Old Leigh or Southend.

At 5.30pm we have a special RARITIES & FAVOURITES FILM SHOW at the Saps At Sea new venue, the Military & Naval Club, Royal Terrace, which overlooks the Pier. Sons who are making a weekend of their visit are welcome to join us for our September Saps meeting.

All Sons of the Desert are cordially invited to join us for all or part of the weekend. This is a relatively cheap weekend and an opportunity to enjoy great entertainment and the company of fellow Sons. I am happy to arrange with information including recommended hotels, B & B’s, travel advice & maps. If you were at the ‘Double Whoopee’ event last year, then you will know what fun awaits you and if you weren’t there then why not join us in Southend for the Sons Fun at the TWICE TWO Weekend.

Tickets for the TWICE TWO SATURDAY are just £12… Please contact as below.

Tickets will be sent out from 1st March 2009 but can be booked now.

OLLYMPIC SUNDAY is FREE & RARITIES & FAVOURITES FILM SHOW is FREE (for visitors). They do not need to be booked, but please advise if you intend to participate in the Walk.



Roger Robinson
115 Neil Armstrong Way

TEL: 01702 526187