LAUREL and Hardy’s cinematic return has brought back childhood memories for elderly care home residents.
Stan & Ollie received rave reviews from residents at The Beeches Care Home, in Stockton-on-Tees, when they visited Showcase Cinema de Lux, in Teesside Park.
The movie is a biopic of comedy duo act Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, who became popular during the late 1920s to the mid-1940s.
Residents Walter Boston, 92, and Brian Reed, 86, were both born during the height of Laurel and Hardy’s success and remember watching them during their childhoods.
Brian said: “I always liked Laurel and Hardy as a child, so it was nice to watch the new version of the film.
“I really enjoyed being out this afternoon. It’s been ages since I’ve been to the cinema and it’s nice to see how much it’s changed over the years.
“I used to go to the cinema with my family when I was younger.”
Walter said: “I like how they used some of the original content, especially the dance. The dance was really good. I enjoyed getting out for the afternoon.”
Jessica Roth, activities coordinator at The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, said: “Both gentlemen really enjoyed the film and getting out to the cinema.
“Walter asked me to help him pick out an outfit for the cinema, as he wanted to look his best. And Brian has been a bit down since his friend passed away.
“They both talked about how Oliver Hardy died – and didn’t realise how young he was when he passed away, aged just 55.
“They were shocked that Stan Laurel carried on writing new material, even though his comedy partner had passed away, but he never performed with anyone else.
“It was lovely to listen to the two gentlemen talking about going to the movies when they were younger.”