Dale Fontaine one of Britain’s finest Elvis Presley tribute acts has been called to ‘The Gracelands’ in the sky. He was a very staunch Loony Party member, he had known and promoted Screaming Lord Sutch in the early days. He was also very prominent in raising thousands of pounds for different charities, with his ‘Echo’s of Elvis show’. He was also the star turn in the TV soap/sit com called ‘The Village’. It ran for a long time on Southern Television. He also appeared at our conferences in Hook twice and Fleet, when held in Hampshire. Plus he appeared down in Devon at our party HQ at the time. The Golden Lion Hotel, Ashburton. What made us also smile, was the fact that he could do a very good ‘Tommy Cooper’ act as well. More commonly known locally as Dave Hurrell, and more famously, as Dave the Plumber, that was his trade. Our condolences and memories are with his family right now.
So long my friend, you will be talked about for years to come, amongst all those that knew you. Give my regards to all our musical friends when you get there.
Your long time friend.
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope.
The conference will be held in September 2021 at ‘The Cobbles’ a very famous Louth meeting and music locale. Ben Young the landlord is a fine gentleman, I’m sure you will all get on very well with him and all the regulars.
Other pubs and bars around are prepared to join in, The Consortium, a local micro brewery have two Loony Juices on right now Howling ‘Laud’ Hop(e) and Lily the Pink Cider. It won’t run out, they brew their own.
Accommodation – Tell them who you are, and that you are with The Loony Party, they all know we are coming! Mention my name – Alan Hope.
- ‘The Kings Head Hotel’, ideal location, just off the Market Square. Speak to Sharon, 01507 602965
- ‘The Pack Horse’, speak to Julie 07969 089646 or 07305 140848
- ‘The Millers Daughter’ have rooms, call Charlotte, 07960871418.
There are others around, some only £75 for 3 nights, but a bus or taxi ride away. There are many more in the town centre.
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope your Party Leader.
After a lot of inactivity due to this ‘Covid thingy’, we were glad to get back on the campaign trail again. We’ve had three by-elections in a short space of time. The ‘Incredible Flying Brick’ stood for Hartlepool. Chesham and Amersham was next but we missed out on that one. The ‘Writ’ was announced on the Monday, requiring the papers in by Thursday. Although close to me I didn’t have time to initiate the paper work. Never mind, next came Batley and Spen in Yorshire, just south of Leeds. I was certainly up for this. We had fantastic help from Sir Archibald Stanton, who stood for us in Dewsbury in the General election, the constituency next door. He obtained the ten nominations, and arranged accommodation for me. Great work! I would also like to thank Dave and Teresa Diskin of the Beer Street public house in Dewsbury for making me welcome, and their customers for treating me as a local, we had a good few laughs. Nick the Brick was my official agent, his job was made much easier by Sir Archie’s efficacy.
Batley has a Wetherspoon, ‘The Union Rooms’ and with the kind permission of Tim Martin, I was able to use the premises as my meet and greet room. Becci and her staff were very amiable, We had an official photo taken outside featuring myself, Sir Archie, MP Thompson-Squire of Sheep Hill, and St Stephen ‘Ivar Biggun’ Boden. The picture and story will appear in the next ‘Spoons’ magazine.
News soon got around that I was there, just about all of the fifteen othe partys put in an appearance to say hello. It got very busy with interviews, pod casts, video’s and general media interest. I shared a stage with George Galloway on the hustings and other candidates, all very friendly towards me, but apparently not towards each other, so I heard.
The count night was very well organised, but because of social distancing, face masks, and only being allowed six count tickets, it didn’t have quite the same ambience as pre-covid elections. The Howling ‘Laud’, The Flying Brick, Sir Archibald Stanton, Mr R.U Seerius, Lady Helen Back, and Farming F’tang Dave attended the count. Ladbrokes had odds of 20/1 that we would come in the top 6, I know quite a few people who had a flutter on that including me. Alas we came 8th, in the top half mind you. Another 100 votes we would have all been in the money!
Never mind, we were there, we were seen, we have not gone away. We beat the SDP for the 3rd time running, their Party leader William Clouston and I had a £5 bet on who would get the most votes, ha ha. UKIP only beat us by 44 votes. They must all be running scared of being beaten by us by now.
Watch out next time, is the battle cry.
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope – Loony Party Leader.
As you probably know our leader stood for election at the Batley and Spen by-election, (which was caused by the previous M.P getting a better Job) yesterday 1/7/2021. having spent a week campaigning in the area he managed to increase his vote by 100% and achieved 107 Votes, coming in 8th place.. Well done Howling.
It was a long night with contention about the election and the way it was handled, mainly by George Galloway..who only got 8000+ votes (ONLY) and was beaten into third place by Conservatives and Labour.
The Labour candidate was very excited to meet our leader (see pic) and she won by a few hundred votes, which only added to her excitement.
We are always aware that at an election someone got up, went down to the polling station and put an X next to the Loony Candidate, and we are humbled, and never take this for granted, especially when some of the candidates from the larger parties seem to expect the votes, as their right.. so George..please be a little more humble about the voters.
As usual several of Howlin’s supporters came along to help with the count to give some support..
A Long but good night for the Loony Party, and a big thankyou to the people of Batley and Spen for your hospitality
To set the record straight because rumours are already rife as to what has happened to me. I could not tell anyone because a) I was in hospital and b) I did not know all the facts myself!
On Friday 11th June at approximately 07.50 hrs I was shopping in St. Helier. I stopped to talk to a friend and suddenly a crushing pain enveloped my chest. I actually thought it was a bout of bad indigestion so drove home to relax. The pain persisted and later, at some time, the thought “heart trouble?” entered my mind so I drove to the pharmacy and shoved some aspirin down my throat. (This action, according to the doctors, saved my life). I did, eventually, go to the doctor who gave me a barrage of tests and I was admitted to the General Hospital Jersey. When a bed became available I was flown by our Air Ambulance to England and transferred to the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, in an ambulance with the blue lights flashing and the sirens etc wailing. Great experience!
There I was slapped onto the operating table and they fiddled about inside me with wires, dye and heaven knows what else. The result of all this is that I now have a heart which is pumping strongly and my arteries are again without the need of a chimney sweep. I am at home in Jersey recovering.
So, If I could give anyone any advice it would be this. Buy some aspirin and keep it where you can access it easily. If you experience a pain in your chest don’t panic panic and keep as calm as you can and see a doctor right away. If you are unable to get there quickly take the aspirin. Try to remember what happened and when and write it down. Afterwards you are probably going to have to take pills every day for the rest of your life. Do what the doctors advise and above all keep a sense of loony humour as this will be your strength to overcome adversity.
I hope all of you are in fine fettle. The other method – though possibly inadvisable is to and get a load of alcohol down you as this will thin the blood and make it easier to pass through the blocked artery!
The Jersey Flyer