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UK Convention News Update - 1

Update Number One

June 2017


"A lot of weather we’ve been having lately"

Here we are in ‘flaming’ June and it is persisting down with rain. What happened to that fine weather we had in Bradford at the 37th UK Laurel and Hardy Convention. It sure was good weather then and it certainly was a great Convention. Dave Ballard and his County Hospital tent did Laurel and Hardy, the Sons of the Desert and Bradford proud.

The Saps At Sea tent of Southend are delighted that we have been passed the pineapple to host the 2018 Convention in Norwich. It seems a long way off, but already most things are in place. I intend to keep everyone in the picture with ‘Updates’, probably about every two months. So here is Update Number One which concentrates on information about booking and the Mercure Hotel.

How many people have booked?

We have a maximum number of 140. So far 72 people have booked by sending in forms. So we are over half-way to being full. If you haven’t yet booked and want to be there please complete a booking form as soon as possible. Booking forms are on our website or you can send me an e-mail roger.robinson5@btinternet.com . We would hate to disappoint anyone

What type of rooms are now available?

Twin and double rooms are available. There are also some triple rooms, where the third bed is a sofa bed. We were initially allocated four rooms for single occupancy (these are twin or double rooms) and have been able to increase this number to twelve. There is a single room supplement for these but all twelve rooms were snapped up very quickly. If you are willing to share but don’t know anyone to share with, we will keep a list and advise so that we can find someone suitable of your choice.

The Mercure Hotel, Norwich

Gemma and Gill at the hotel have been very helpful to us and are really looking forward to The Sons of the Desert event. The hotel is a medium to large hotel with excellent facilities with three different sized function rooms. We will at different times be using all the function rooms. There is ample FREE parking. It is located on a ring road about two miles from the city centre. There is a regular bus service to and from the city centre with a stop nearby. The hotel has a small swimming pool and sauna and a gymnasium for FREE use of guests. For more information visit their website:-


The address of the hotel is:- Mercure Hotel, 121-131, Boiundary Road, Norwich, NR3 2BA

Extra Nights at the Mercure

If you wish to stay on any extra nights at the hotel before or after the Convention nights (Friday 4th, Saturday 5t and Sunday 6th May 2018) the hotel have arranged Special Rates:-

£85 per room including breakfast £129 for dinner, bed and breakfast (dinner £22 per person) £107 for single occupancy dinner, bed and breakfast

If you wish to book extra nights please contact the hotel direct ++44 (0) 844 815 9036 – please mention that you are attending the Laurel and Hardy Convention. The extra nights will need to be paid at the time of booking

…and finally

Please do contact me if you have any queries about the Hotel or the Convention. We want to try to make sure that you enjoy your stay at the Mercure and during the Norwich Convention in 2018.



01702 526187


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