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Anyone who has read my book ‘The Great White Hope’ will recognise the name of Bob Potter. He was my Manager and Agent way back in the late 50s early 60s when I was -‘going to be’- the next Rock’n’Roll star. He went on to become a top show business entrepreneur. His Lakeside club in Frimley Green Surrey, became the biggest and best entertainment venue in Great Britain. I appeared there a few times.
Alas he has passed away at the age of ninety four. I felt honoured and overawed to be a speaker at his funeral, along with Rick Wakeman, Jim Davidson and Lyn Paul of the New Seekers.
The funeral was held at the Lakeside Club and the show went on till the end, with the coffin on stage for all to pay their last respects.
He loved what we do, and told me he smiled when he saw any of us on stage next to the winner!
Loony Party Conference 2023
The Neuadd Arms Hotel, Llanwrtyd Wells, our Welsh HQ
Thurs 28th Fri – 29th Sat 30th September
A fun packed series of events lined up for you. Starting with a meet and greet on Thursday for the early arrivals, always a bit of nostalgia of events gone by. Friday a wander around town to make ourselves known.
Friday Evening in the Neudd entertainment by The Big Fibbers, and The Becca Ohara Band.
Saturday we will be touring the public houses with the Welsh CAMRA Society who are visiting the Heart of Wales Brewery in the town, which is owned by Lindsey in the Neuadd, so a brewery tour for all those interested. The local Brecon and Radnorshire MP Fay Jones wants to meet us with a view to getting a ‘Heart of Wales’ beer into the House of Commons. The BUMS, Border Urban Morris Side will entertain on the way round. I have some Blue Plaques to present to the Neuadd. Radio Alty from Manchester will be in attendance, along with a TV documentary crew who will be there for the weekend.
Later in the afternoon our world famous Cabinet Reshuffle will take place
Saturday evening The Big Fibbers can be seen, for those that missed them the night before, plus our old friend Dangerous Dave and his band. Also at any time BADAXE will fit in, someplace where he is allowed. Maybe Grippers and the Gurnards will make it, but that’s not definite.
Phew got out of breath writing this! If anyone wants to make a week of it you won’t be on your own as I’ll be there from Thurs 21st.
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope, Loony Party Leader.
Local Elections Thurs May 4th 2023
Well done to all our candidates that stood this time.
The complete results were as follows:
Farming Lord Dave – Denton South, Manchester 244
Earl Elvis – Elmwoth + Outwell Norfolk 188
Mad Mike Young – Sheppey Central Swale Kent 161
Baron Von Thunderclap – West Sussex County 150
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope – Hart District Hampshire 79
Sir Oinkalot – Northenden Manchester 57
Jumping Jack Flash – Fulwell Sunderland 40
Top of the class this time around of course is
FARMING LORD DAVE
Some good news Baron Von Thunderclap retained his seat on the Bolney Paris Council unopposed for the 3rd time running – So with . . .
Baron Von Thunderclap on BOLNEY Sussex
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope on FLEET Hampshire
Sir Giles Greenwood on BRIDGENORTH Shropshire
Sarah Mad Cow on LOWER CARLTON Lincolnshire
The Iconic Arty Pole on GREAT CARLTON Lincolnshire
We still maintain five seats between us.
Well done to you all, and those who helped. See you all at the Conference in September in Wales if not before.
Details now finalised, will be up on this page very soon. Keep an eye open!
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope, Loony Party Leader
OFFICIAL Coronation Honours 2023
We politely request that you briefly indulge us at this historic moment. We are rather proud that every year we acknowledge & appoint many new OFFICIAL Loony Ministers that shamefully often get overlooked by the Government’s apparently unbiased & impartial ‘Honours Committee. Queen Elizabeth II is sadly no more so we humbly pledge our oath of alooniegiance to the King and the coronation of the following newly appointed Ministers of the only political party in his realm that is actually registered in name as an OFFICIAL party.
Minister of Heritage – Lord Mike Read
A member of our Spiritual Leader’s ‘Savages’ band in the early 1960’s and then a BBC DJ, master of a Popquiz then a Superstore of silly callers offending the likes of Matt Bianco live on telly.
As an OFFICIAL Minister, he will dispense blue plates of Heritage, Charting historic buildings & places around the UK.
Minister of the Alternative Underground – Lord John Robb
Every successful team, group, community in the wider population, has a tie, bond or connection. We have a membrane, an alternatively loud Membrane, that deafens any aggressors within or outside the realm of this most beautiful of isles.
Minister of Testing Whispers & Whistles – Lord Bob Harris
Sutch is current stage of testing . . . we are unable to comment any further about our future invention that will change the music scene forever. Kazoo’s that whistle when you whisper in them . . . shhh
Minister of Almost Legendary Phantoms, Flans & Flings – Lady Sally James.
Whilst our Spiritual leader, Screaming Lord Sutch, was known for dressing as Jack The Ripper, this was in fact a diversion from his stint as the original Phantom that put the first custard pie in the face of Lady James. This was witnessed at the time by a then 8-year-old Lord Tiswas Bunny . . . so, we know that this information is probably true.
BRAVO to the Queen, BRAVO to the King, BRAVO to our 4 OFFICIAL Ministers on their coronations to commemorate this moment in the Loonyverse.
Local Elections 4th May 2023
Our candidates in the 4th May local elections so far:
- Sheik El Wright’O – Pickmore Parish & High Legh Cheshire County
- Sir T Fied – Bognor Regis, Sussex.
- Howling ‘Laud’ Hope – Hart District, Hampshire.
- Baron Von Thunderclap – West Sussex County and Bolney Parish
- Mad Mike – Sheppey Central of Swale Borough
- Jumping Jack Flash – Fullwell Ward, Sunderland
- Sir Oink A-lot – Northenden Ward, Manchester
- Farming Lord Dave of Houghton – Benton South Manchester
- Earl Elvis of Outwell – Kings Lynn and West Norfolk
- Also on March 30th Lord Benny Baker is our candidate for Westgate Ward in Gloucester.
It’s not to late for May 4th if there are elections in your area, nomination papers have to be returned by 4pm on Tues 4th April. Call our nominations officer if you want to stand for the Loony Party 07946292557
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope – Party Leader
Barmy Lord Brockman
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Paul Brockman from Evesham. Also known as ‘Barmy Lord Brockman’. He joined the party in 2014, and has been a stalwart member ever since, so much so that we recently made him our Vice Chairman. He stood many times for us in his local area and was hoping to stand in a parliamentary election. He was our ‘Facebook Warrior’ all through the pandemic years, always putting a smile on everyone’s faces. So Long Barmy, a good friend to us all, you show them how to play that ‘Kazoo’ up in the sky.
Our condolences to his family at this difficult time.
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope and all in the Loony Party