Hollywood stars have been in Worthing today (Friday, 19) making a new film about Laurel and Hardy.

Stan & Ollie stars Steve Coogan and US actor John C. Reilly, which tells the story of the comedy duo’s final tour in 1953, visiting a number of music halls across the UK.

Crews booked out the Lido on the town’s seafront to film a scene of the two judging a beauty pageant.

Film crews arriving at the Lido.
Film crews arriving at the Lido.

Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s executive member for regeneration said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly and the rest of the crew to Worthing.

“Our town has a fine heritage when it comes to film: from hosting some of the first moving pictures on the pier in the late 19th Century through to providing locations for more contemporary shows in recent years.

“I can’t wait to see our town become the backdrop to the comic capers of Stan and Ollie, whose presence will help continue to put Worthing on the map.”

Councillor Sean McDonald, the outgoing mayor of Worthing added:

“I am absolutely delighted that the new Laurel and Hardy film is being filmed in my home town of Worthing.

“This is the perfect location for this great comedy duo.

“I am a long time fan of the boys and a member of their fan club The Sons Of The Desert.

“I hope that the film is a great success and it just emphasises the opportunities available in Worthing.”