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Leave 'Em Laughing

By Philip_H
Part of the bronze sculpture of Laurel and Hardy (leaning against a lamppost) at Ulverston, Cumbria. The piece (unveiled in 2009) was produced by renowned artist and sculptor Graham Ibbeson. Ibbeson has created a number bronze sculptures of outstanding depth, quality and comedy in towns and cities across Britain, including Eric Morecambe (Morecambe), Cary Grant (Bristol), Benny Hill (Southampton), Les Dawson (Lytham St Annes), Fred Trueman (Skipton) and David Whitfield (Kingston upon Hull).

Why Ulverston? because Arthur Stanley "Stan" Jefferson (16 June 1890 23 February 1965), better known as Stan Laurel (of Laurel & Hardy fame), was born there.

Laurel began his career in the British music hall from where he took a number of his standard comic devices: the bowler hat, the deep comic gravity, and the nonsensical understatement. His film acting career stretched between 1917 and 1951 and included a starring role in the Academy Award winning film The Music Box (1932). In 1961, Laurel was given a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award for his pioneering work in comedy. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd. In a 2005 UK poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, Laurel and Hardy ranked top among best double acts.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Shall I Take My Glasses Off?'

Best wishes,

Tags: Lake district Cumbria Sculpture Bronze Ulverston Public art Stan laurel Furness peninsula Portraits and people Laurel and hardy Graham Ibbeson

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CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
15 Oct 2012 6:06PM
What a wonderful sculpture, Philip, would love to see those of the others you have mentioned (now there's a challenge for you Smile) Carol

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Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
15 Oct 2012 6:34PM
"We're not us, we're two other fellows" Grin

Excellent statues of a wonderful comedy duo.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1794 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 6:50PM
Very nicely done, good to go in close - it looks as though they are sharing a private joke.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
15 Oct 2012 7:32PM
Laughing and good for another one!
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 7:57PM
"That's another fine photograph you have captured Phillip" GrinGrinGrin

Regards Nathan

On the trail of the lonesome Pine

On a mountain in Virginia stands a lonesome pine

just below is the cabin home of a little girl of mine

her name is June and very , very soon ,She'll belong to me

for I know she's waiting there for me 'neath that lone pine tree

In the blue ridge mountains of Virginia on the trail of the lonesome pine

in the pale moonshine our hearts entwine

where she carved her name and I carved mine

O'h June , like the mountains I'm blue

like the pine I'm lonesome for you

In the blue ridge mountains of Virginia

on the trail of the lonesome pine
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
15 Oct 2012 8:37PM
Wonderful cpature of this excellent sculpture. A duo one can always recognise, even if not one of their fans as in my own case!

CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2012 8:00AM
Unmistakable duoSmileSmile
Herge88 10 40 4 England
16 Oct 2012 9:49AM
Impressive s sculptures and you have retained the detail very well.

Best Matt
Tibetan 5 3 England
17 Oct 2012 10:27PM
Love it my childhood daysGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin should be more figures like this, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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