Press Release

April 2009


A Perfect Day

A crew of Sailors from Tent #262 made the trip to Ulverston for the unveiling of the statue of the Boys on Sunday April 19th. What a fantastic day we had. The sun shone and the laughter flowed. To miss the traffic and parking stress, we stopped at Carnforth station and took a beautiful scenic train ride along the coast and over the estuary to Ulverston. Then a short walk to County Square with our banner proudly unfurled.

Music was in the air with our own Bobby Kemp breaking into song at every opportunity. The Laurel and Hardy tribute acts were superb and always happy to oblige photo requests. We toured the excellent museum in its new home before Ken Dodd arrived with the Boys in a Ford Model T for the unveiling. Moments after the ceremony, Sailors Beware lead the chorus of 'Sons of the Desert are we!'

With the crowd flocking around the statue the party decide to retire to the Farmers Arms for a relaxing Real Ale and to bask in the atmosphere. Later, as the evening sun started to descend, we returned to the statue for some group shots before we sadly had to leave for the station for the return journey.

But still the fun isn't over as, yes, you guessed it, Bobby goes into impromptu renditions of 'Honolulu Baby' and 'Trail of the Lonesome Pine' with backing singers Graeme and Alan, to the delight of travellers on the platform at Ulverston station.

During the day we met Sons from all over the world and everyone was in joyful mood. It certainly was 'A Perfect Day' to remember.

North West Evening Mail video footage.