Stan and Ollie are alive and well…..

…….. I know this because I saw them sitting on a bench a couple of weeks ago.  Admittedly, they have shrunk in size over the years, but perhaps Alice and The Mad Hatter had something to do with that.


Stan Laurel Oliver Hardy Stan Ollie Ulverston

Thumbs up from Stan ©HelenBushe


I had stopped off in Ulverston in Cumbria on my way to Swarthmoor Hall  for a Zen Retreat. (Stan and Ollie, The Mad Hatter and Zen made for  an OddBall afternoon))

Ulverston is a quaint market town with cobbled streets, whose main claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of Stan Laurel.


Mad Hatter's Tearooms Stan & Ollie Ulverston Laurel Hardy

Mad Hatter’s Tearooms ©HelenBushe


I love this recently erected statue in the town’s main square:


Stan & Ollie Laurel & Hardy Ulverston lamppost Monochrome oddball

Leaning on A Lamppost ©HelenBushe


The town also boasts of a Laurel and Hardy Museum which I have yet to visit. The website here makes it look like it might be a fun way to spend an hour on a rainy day, en route to next year’s retreat.

As far as I can see, the only other Laurel & hardy Museum in the world is in a town called Harlem in Georgia USA which was the birthplace of Oliver Hardy. Their website has a picture of the museum and the words “New Website Coming Soon”. So Ulverston definitely wins out there.

Oh, wait a minute, there is a Stan & Ollie museum in Solingen in Germany, but it’s only open one weekend a month.

My OddBall mission tonight now is to see how many more Stan and Ollie museums I can find around the world.

In the meantime, some  quotes from Stan:

“All I know is just how to make people laugh.” – Stan Laurel

“Humor is the truth; wit is an exaggeration of the truth.” – Stan Laurel

Thanks Cee for this OddBall Challenge,

“Another fine mess you’ve gotten me into.”


Laurie Graves · 24 April 2017 at 13:43

As Roger Rabbit once observed, “Sometimes a laugh is all you got.” This is something that all fine comedians understand. And, yes, quite a day between Laurel and Hardy and Zen 😉

Cee Neuner · 23 April 2017 at 22:39

I guess Stan and Ollie are doing just fine. 😀

    HMB · 24 April 2017 at 07:31


Amy · 23 April 2017 at 22:04

Great photos, Helen! So wonderful to hear Stan and Ollie are alive and well.
Thank you for the quotes. 🙂 🙂

    HMB · 24 April 2017 at 07:34

    Those two are immortal!

paulfraser11 · 23 April 2017 at 21:17

After this write up Helen, we just have to visit. We lived in Kendal a long time ago, but never went to Ulverston. Cobbled streets and an independant bookshop too, just gotta go now :)) superb pictures to accompany your words. Have a great week 🙂

    HMB · 24 April 2017 at 07:33

    If you’re going to Ulverston try to avoid Market Day. The main cobbled street is full of stalls and town parking is non-existent. Any other day you’ll enjoy, I’m sure.

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