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Book a fitting tribute to local hero
Article date: 22 Aug 2012

The Charlie Hall, in Erdington, was the obvious choice of venue for a book launch, for local author John Ullah.

The book, called ‘This is more than I can stand’, is a detailed biography of Charlie Hall, after whom the pub is named.

Born in a working-class district of Birmingham, in 1899, Charlie Hall’s life story is told in the book, from humble beginnings to Hollywood. He went on to appear with some of the biggest stars of the silver screen, including Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

John, pictured with his brother Andy Ullah (as Charlie Hall), Kevin Pullinger (as Oliver Hardy) and Vincent Byrne (as Stan Laurel), is a fan of early film comedies and started the Birmingham branch of the Laurel & Hardy Appreciation Society, in 1993, which he still runs.

John said: “Writing this book has been a labour of love, but, after three years’ research, I realised that this was more than I could stand!

“The launch was a great success, at the pub named after Charlie Hall. It was my idea to name the pub – and I’m very proud to be associated with it.”

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