There is a pub in Bishop Auckland in Durham called the Stanley Jefferson to commemorate the fact that Stanley Jefferson once lived in the town and attended the Grammar School there.
Stanley Who I hear you ask? Well, Stanley Jefferson is better known to everyone as Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy fame. There is a statue of him nearby on the site of a theatre that was once owned by his parents, long since gone of course.
I remember Laurel and Hardy from Saturday Morning Pictures at the Granada Cinema in Rugby where I lived as a boy. They were my favourites then and they remain my favourites now. Surely there has never been a finer comedy double act in entertainment history.
I have always taken some sort of patriotic pride from the fact that Stan was from England and was the comedy genious of the pairing.
True story… a few years ago I took my Mum to the cinema to see the Film ‘Stan and Ollie’ and as we left I asked if she had enjoyed it, ‘oh yes’ she said ‘I didn’t know that they were still making films’. She was 85 years old and I was quite unable to offer an explanation that would have made sense to her.
There is a city in New Zealand called Auckland and a county in New South Wales in Australia. They were both named in honour of George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland (1784-1849) who held the title but never visited the town (or New Zealand or Australia).