The comedian Stan Laurel was part of the duo 'Laurel and Hardy',
famous in the early days of cinema. He spent his boyhood in North
Shields where his father was a theatre manager. This statue, by Robert
Olley (1992 - refurbished 2016) is in Laurel Park, Dockwray Square, North Shields near where he lived.
A book on the life of Stan Laurel may be found