COMING to auction soon is a signed Laurel and Hardy programme from the comedy duo’s theatre performance in Rhyl.

The programme is from the Queen’s Theatre and dated 1952.

This will be in Rogers Jones & Co auction on March 23 in Cardiff.

Rhyl Journal:

Ben Rogers Jones, auctioneer and partner at Rogers Jones & Co, said: “The estimate is £250 to £350 and it came in from an autograph collector.

“The story is in fact that Laurel and Hardy were in Rhyl all those years ago. How times have changed.”

Rhyl Journal:

In 1952, during the week starting Monday, July 21, the theatre, in West Parade, presented the comedy double act.

Rhyl Journal:

Colin Jones posted on website Rhyl Life that at the time of their Queens appearance, Stan Laurel (1890-1965) and Oliver Hardy (1892-1957) were past the peak of their careers but still “masters of simple comedy”.

Rhyl Journal:

Mr Jones wrote: “Mr Laurel and Mr. Hardy topped the bill in what would have been a routine variety show of the era.”

The audience had to sit through singing sisters, a singing cartoonist then an aerial act, ventriloquist, ‘oriental’ magician, animal mimic and then a pair of accordion players before the famous duo took the stage.”

[All pictures Rogers Jones & Co]