Laurel and Hardy at Brechin Rotary

Pictured, left to right, are Martin and Jon not looking too dissimilar to the two entertainers.

Pictured, left to right, are Martin and Jon not looking too dissimilar to the two entertainers.

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At last week’s Rotary meeting there was a large turnout of Rotarians and friends to hear a true “Son of the Desert” - Martin Hepworth.

The Sons of the Desert is the international Laurel and Hardy appreciation society, and Martin’s enthusiastic presentation conveyed just why the pair were so popular in the past, and how their brand of entertainment has stood the test of time.

Pictured, left to right, are Martin and Jon not looking too dissimilar to the two entertainers.

Pictured, left to right, are Martin and Jon not looking too dissimilar to the two entertainers.

He brought to life, in a combination of words and pictures, the rise and eventual decline of the duo that was Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel.

Martin brought a selection of superb film clips that showed they were not just comedians but were entertainers in the music hall tradition.

He concluded with probably the most famous Laurel and Hardy film clip, which was a rendition by Stan and Ollie singing “On the trail of the Lonesome Pine”.

Martin then made the mistake of asking the Rotarians and guests to join in with a reprise of the song.

The Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia will never be the same again.

It was apt that, with Hardy being American and Laurel being English that it was American Jon Bergen who gave a vote of thanks to Englishman Martin.