Tom Jenkins And The Grand Hotel
|For over twenty years up to ten million listeners let their imaginations drift into the idyllic surroundings of potted palms and wicker furniture of Eastbourne's Grand Hotel.|
The memories of Edwardian splendour were brought to them by one of Britain's greatest soloists of the day, the violinist, Tom Jenkins.
A household name for the duration of the broadcasts, Jenkins was voted Most Popular Musical Entertainer in the Daily Mail National Radio Award three times in a row, yet his name disappeared from public memory with his premature death in 1957.
Simon Townley goes in search of this lost icon of British light music.