Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Excitement for Lord Hall at both ends of his commute this week. At home in Henley, neighbours The Kenton Theatre, ten doors down, are seeking two designated parking places for the fourth oldest working theatre in the country - and chairman Ed Simons says the Good Lord is on side, as are most residents. Ed, who as part of Brent Walker, brought you The Bitch and The Stud, is now a part of That's TV, the format bringing hundreds Jeremy Hunt's ineffable media legacy, 'local tv', in the form of That's Oxford, That's Solent and That's Manchester, with more to come.

He told a town council meeting  “Georgie Fame came and he unloaded the van himself. He parked some 100 or 150 yards away from the theatre and he physically carried his cases to the theatre.

“He is an icon and when I greeted him at the theatre, as I had to help him carry his cases, he was laughing that there was nowhere for his van to be unloaded.

 “We have trucks that go in and out at all times of the day and night. I know a number of residents who would be delighted to have the spaces designated outside the theatre so that they are not disturbed at 1am by Joe Brown clearing up and the panto going in.”

 “It is not right that when a letter goes out to Sir John Major or Princess Michael of Kent we have to say ‘please park at Waitrose and walk down’. It is not right that people in that position cannot be afforded a space to be dropped off.”

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