Mayor’s Laurel and Hardy charity event at Southern Pier Pavilion

The Mayor wearing a fez  with Olga Babijtchouk and the Town Crier

The Mayor wearing a fez with Olga Babijtchouk and the Town Crier

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The Mayor of Worthing hosted a charity evening of all things Laurel and Hardy at Worthing’s Southern Pier Pavilion.

Mayor Sean McDonald’s evening was used to raise money for the Mayor’s charities, St Barnabas, Worthing Samaritans and Coastal West Sussex Mind.

Some of the visiting Sons Of The Desert in the Mayors Parlour

Some of the visiting Sons Of The Desert in the Mayors Parlour

Nearly 100 people attended to see three films, songs led by brilliant local guitarist Peter Ridge, games and a talk by the legendary comedian Jeffrey Holland.

The event was hosted by the southern Pier Pavilion, where the first moving pictures were shown in West Sussex in 1896.

The evening also served as a launch pad for the local branch of the Laurel and Hardy society.

Cllr Louise Murphy, who attend the evening, said: “It was a fantastic introduction to Laurel and Hardy. I will be watching many more films when I have time.”

There was a Laurel and Hardy based raffle with many donated prizes.

Around £1,000 was for the Mayor’s charities.

Among those attending the event were the Town Crier, Olga Babijtchouk, a visiting American girl from New York, and some visiting Sons of the Desert, the international Laurel and Hardy appreciation society.

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