The 34th Loony Party conference is being held in the wonderful town of Belper in Derbyshire, on Thurs 27th – Fri 28th – Sat 29th September. One of Belpers’ main claim to fame is that for its size and area it has the most public houses of anywhere in the UK. Honestly it was sheer coincidence that our weekend also coincides with Belpers CAMRA festival weekend What good fun, should be interesting.
The Conference is being held in the ‘George and Dragon’ 117 Bridge Street. I shall be in residence as from Thurs 20th holding Loony Party Surgeries on various evenings. The entertainment that we have lined up for you include Dale Rowles and The BB Black Dog Band, Gripper and the Gonads, Gareth Icke (yes Davids son), The B.u.m.s from Wales, Joe Jammer from Chicago, ‘Bad Axe’, and Loony Party stalwarts The Big Fibbers. Accommodation in Belper is filling up quickly so don’t hesitate any longer and get yourself booked in for the best fun loving Party Conference in the Looniverse.
Anyone looking for accommodation in Belper Call Sam at ‘Mirabelle B+B’: 07967 409 424
See you all there.
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope – Party Leader.
The funeral of Boney Maroney took place at the Huddersfield Crematorium on Monday 3rd September at 14.45 hours. There were so many people present that there was standing room only for some.The ceremony was conducted by Mr. Chris Berry – The Celebrant – and he gave a a most amusing and heartwarming account of some of Boney’s life. Afterwards there was a gathering at “The Allied” inn at Honley.
I would like to thank the two members of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party who took the trouble to come with me to the ceremony. Robert Stanton – aka “Professor Nabob”and Colin Jones aka – “Tiger – Earl of Llanfairpwll-gwyngyllgogerychwyrndrob-wllllantysiliogogogoch.” I flew over to England on Saturday 1st and went to Aldershot to meet Bob and then Colin who drove up from Wales.
On saturday at 13.00 hours we convened in the “Imperial Standard” public house where one can purchase fine liquid refreshment for a pre – funeral wake in memory of Boney. We were joined later by the Loony Boss Leader – Alan Hope and a splendid night was had by all I can tell you!!!! We drove up to Huddersfield on Sunday and then attended both the funeral and the gathering at Honley. It was a pleasure to see Stan – Melodie’s husband – again and Dave Savage – top dog of the Savages group.
I’d also like to thank “Chinners” for providing some very special limited edition badges for the occasion. Thank you very much.
The Jersey Flyer
aka – Baron Baskerville – The Dartmoor Loony
Chairman – Official Monster Raving Loony Party
Melodie Staniforth (Boney Maroney), wife of our Drummer Sledgehammer Stan has lost her battle against cancer.
Apologies to anyone who didn’t know about the events over the last 12 months, but some things really aren’t for Facebook.
Mel was deputy leader of the Official Monster Raving Party for many years and we campaigned together often with me being her election agent… They were good times and we had lots of laughs along the way… She will always be remembered as a Loony.
THANK YOU for all your lovely messages and comments regarding the tragic death of Mel. I’ve passed on your support to Sledgehammer Stan & family and it’s much appreciated.
A date has now been set for the funeral (which will be a civil non religious service) at Huddersfield Crematorium on Monday 3rd September at 2.45pm.
EVERYONE is welcome as the family would like to make it more a celebration of her life than a miserable affair mourning her death… Yes she will be much missed, but that’s partly because she was such a character… come tell your stories.
All donations will be going to The Cats Protection League. Thank you again
It is with deep regret and sorrow that we have to report the passing of ‘Boney Maroney’ Melody Staniforth, our long time Deputy Leader and Secretary. She had been ill for some time, so had not participated in party matters for a while. Our thoughts to Stan her husband, and all family and relations. On behalf of all ‘Monster Raving Loony Party’ members, thank you for all you achieved on our behalf.
Anybody wishing to attend the ‘Memory of Melody’ it will be held on
Monday 3rd Sept, 2.35pm, Huddersfield Crem.
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope
Loony Party Leader
Known to us all as Chrissie Laugh and a Half. She joined us when we held our conference in Aldershot Hampshire, and a staunch follower whilst she was able.
Notably, conferences in Yateley, Jersey, Hook, Fleet and Matlock. Always the life and soul of the party, she just had that way about her. Our Minister for ‘Teddy Bears Picnics and Marmalade Sandwiches’. Was always on hand to take the collection bucket around for charity. She will be remembered for her fun loving ways, always a smile and a laugh, hence her name.
We shall drink to her memory at our conference in Belper, Derbyshire in September later this year. RIP my love, we shall miss you!
Howling ‘Laud’ Hope
We were very sad to hear that Christina Bell has passed away after a long illness.
Chrissy was a long time supporter of the Loony Party and will be missed.
Our thoughts go to all her friends and family at this difficult time.
It all started for me on Thurs 7th when I booked into the Venture Hotel in Deptford, although just outside of the constituency, a lot of people I met lived within the voting area, apart from that it was also a public house ‘The Royal Standard’ which was very popular. Canvassing back and forth on the bus, it was surprising who you would want to talk to you, once you put a Loony Badge on Well looked after by Ade and Jazz, nice place, nice people, nice company.
Next four days was spent with my Cousin Martin Horton, and his wife Jackie in Brockley. Once again not quite within the constituency, but near enough to be able to use as a local address for the forthcoming election. Thank you Martin.
On the Tues 12th I attended a Hustings meeting at the local Salvation Army Hall, quite an experience, I got through my speech with flying colours, but as soon as Ukip candidate got up the racist accusations started, the police stopped the meeting just before the end, afraid of repercussions they said. What would have been more in line would have been to move the protesters on, and let a peaceful ‘Hustings Meeting’ continue.
So eight days in all, trying to be our very first member of Parliament, all to no avail, I’m sorry, but at least we did try.
On the count night we all met up in the Catford Constitutional Club. The Flying Brick, Baron Badger, Lady Helen Back, Chinners, Mr R U Seerius and Sir Knigel Knapp. The same place where Chinners and Knigel got all the nomination names from. We were joined by Sean Finch and his Libertarian Party, although we did invite every party along to join us. Sir Knigel gave a solo performance and preview of songs on his latest yet to be released album. A good fun evening all in all, and so on to the count.
We didn’t bother getting there in any rush, as we were informed that it would be 3pm before the result would be announced. We got there 12.45 to join in, and it was virtually all over apart from the official result. We made our usual noisy but very complex entry, much to the applause and smiles of all who were watching.
We came 9th out of 14 candidates with 93 votes, low turnout 33.35%. You only needed 1,099 votes to retain your deposit. Only 3 party’s did that.
When you consider that one of our voting catch phrases is ‘The only wasted vote is the one that’s not used’, just consider what the outcome could have been if the 44,084 people who didn’t bother to vote, actually voted for us ! ! ! !
It will happen one day, when people realise that we are the only party that’s on every body’s side no matter what your political persuasion may be !
Here’s to the next one, whenever. If not before, I shall see you all at the Conference in Belper Derbyshire, Sept 27-28-29th. See – loonyparty.com – for more details.
The Howling ‘Laud’
There is a meeting all about the upcoming race, what different activities are on during the day and input from the audience is thoroughly encouraged.
Next meeting takes place in the Wythenshawe Cricket Club on the 4th of July at 7pm. Please come along and stick your oar in