• Andrew Twigg

A Spot of Trouble in Southend

To commemorate the 60th Anniversary since Laurel and Hardy appeared in Southend, life-long fan, Roger Robinson, has published 'A Spot of Trouble in Southend'. The A4 size book has 130 pages and as well as briefly telling the story of their roots and film careers, the book is essentially focused on that week in August 1952 when Laurel and Hardy visited, stayed and performed in Southend.


Roger has met and interviewed many people connected to their visit and relates their anecdotes and fascinating memories. There is new and extensive information about the supporting acts that not only toured with Laurel and Hardy but became lifelong friends with the comedy duo. The book is richly illustrated with over 200 photographs, many of which are rare and unpublished, and 50 reproductions of letters, adverts and documents about the visit.

The Foreword is by Jeffrey Holland, popular star of stage, radio and many famous TV series including Hi-de-Hi, You Rang,M'Lord and Oh, Doctor Beeching! The Lastword is by Glenn Mitchell, a comedy aficionado, broadcaster and writer including encyclopaedias on Laurel and Hardy, the Marx Brothers, Charlie Chaplin and Silent Comedy


Books are available for £10, Postage and Packing £3 to UK, £5 to Europe, £10 to USA. Copies in UK can be purchased by cheque or Paypal. Copies for Europe or the States can be purchased by cash or by Paypal – please do not pay by non UK cheques as the transaction charges are too costly.


Cheques payable to Roger Robinson, 115 Neil Armstrong Way , Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS95UE


Any further information or enquiries email the author at roger.robinson5@btinternet.com or call 01702 526187

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