"He set up the first laughter club. At first he invited people to tell jokes but he noticed that everyone had a different sense of humour so he created some simple exercises to make people laugh instead."
Martyn Spoors, 17, of Allendale Road, Farringdon, said his mates kept him in fits of laughter.
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Today the idea of a laughter club caused much hilarity on the streets of Sunderland.
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"Our house is full of giggles and me and my mam are always laughing. "
According to recent research by the London School of Laughter, people have a chortle only four times a day on average yet in the 1940s and 1950s people laughed up to 40 times every 24 hours.
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He added: "When you've got a gang of lads together there's always good crack and daft goings on. "
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"I don't think people need a laughter club they just need a sense of humour."
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Angela said: "Laughter is good for health and has many positive effects on the body.
And she has an invitation to stressed out Wearsiders: "Come and join my club!".
people were laughing far less regularly than in the past.
Angela, a photographer with the Echo, is the first person in the North East to achieve a special qualification meaning she could set up the first laughter club in the region.
Keith Lakeman, 39, of Aintree Road, Farringdon, said: "I'm one of life's 'laughers' but I think it's probably true that people don't laugh as much now.
She'll be using techniques learned on a course to get people chuckling.
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"I definitely see the health benefits of laughing. It makes you feel good straight away. I think people are so busy these days, they forget to laugh."
Her daughter Kelly, 19, said: "A laughter club seems like a silly idea to me.
To overcome this, 200 laughter clubs have been set up throughout the world where people are taught to see the funny side of life without any joke telling.
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Gail Redman, 46, of General Havelock Road, said: "I'm always laughing. We have a large family and we always keep each other amused with jokes Nike Air Force 3 Shoes
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Margaret Harrop, 68, of Carlisle Crescent, Penshaw, said: "We probably did have more laughs in the 40s and 50s because it was much more family focused.
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