SOUTHEND’S legion of loyal Laurel and Hardy fans were out in force this weekend to mark the arrival of the latest biopic at the town’s cinema.

Stan and Ollie was released this weekend and stars comic legend Steve Coogan and veteran actor John C Reilly.

Hardcore Hardy and stalwart Stan fans marked the film coming to the Odeon, in Southend High Street with a celebratory event.

Members of Saps at Sea - Southend’s Laurel and Hardy Society - gathered at the cinema yesterday afternoon.

Many were donned in fancy dress ahead of a screening.

The fans were joined by Philip and Tony of the Lucky Dog Theatre who are professional impersonators and entertained crowds in the cinema’s foyer.

The duo used their fine acting skills to recreate some of the most famous Laurel and Hardy routines of their very own.

After the screening, fans headed for a meal and then visited the Navy and Military club to celebrate and share thoughts about the film.

Organiser Trevor Bell said: “I spoke to the public after the screening and was taken aback by the incredible emotions of love shown towards the characters and their story.

“They certainly made tears well up in my eyes. It was a very successful day of meeting the public and sharing stories of their visit to Southend.”