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Glasgow home of comedy legend Stan Laurel commemorated

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Image caption Stan Laurel (bottom) with Oliver Hardy

Comedy great Stan Laurel is to be commemorated with a plaque on the Glasgow tenement where he grew up.

Born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in Cumbria in 1890, he would later become one half of the legendary Hollywood comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy.

His family moved to Glasgow when he was a boy and he made his stage debut, aged 16, in the city's Britannia Panopticon.

Laurel is one of 12 figures being honoured by Historic Environment Scotland's commemorative plaque scheme.

The plaques celebrate significant historic figures on the buildings where they lived or worked.

Stan Laurel's plaque will be mounted at 17 Craigmillar Road in Glasgow's south side.

Others being celebrated include the biographer James Boswell; Sarah Siddons Mair, the early 20th century campaigner for women's education and suffrage; Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham, the first ever socialist MP; and the author Neil Munro, famous for his comic creation "Para Handy".

Martin Fairley, head of grants at Historic Environment Scotland, said: "The idea of the scheme is to allow the public to tell us which historic figures deserve to be celebrated and commemorated.

"By installing a plaque on a building closely associated with that person we hope to emphasise the social and human element of local architecture.

"After all, a building can have a great influence on the character of the person who lived or worked there."

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