Search

Alan Bennett reveals his love for Love Island during Camden mayor’s C4WS fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 09:02 16 April 2018

Alan Bennett after his fund raising talk at Friends House, with Camden mayor Cllr Richard Cotton

Alan Bennett after his fund raising talk at Friends House, with Camden mayor Cllr Richard Cotton

Archant

Of all the things you would expect to come from a talk by Alan Bennett, his love for Love Island is not one of them.

However the playwright, who lives in Primrose Hill, talked about just that, as well as his enjoyment of watching “trashy TV” during a fundraiser for Camden homeless charity C4WS on Thursday night.

The event, which raised around £10,000 for the charity, was organised by Camden mayor Richard Cotton, who is also Bennett’s local councillor in Primrose Hill.

During the event, Bennett read from his diaries on topics such as age, trains and politics.

One passage included a phone call he received from gardener Alan Titchmarsh.

“I’m moving to Grantham” said Titchmarsh, or so Bennett thought.

In fact the former Ground Force host was telling the 83-year-old “I’m having a grandson.”

He provided another example, when talking to a painter who said he “specialised in Ramsgate.” When Bennett queried this, and said he’d never been to the seaside town, his partner Rupert Thomas called from the other side of a shop “landscapes Alan, he said landscapes!”

On trains, he read a passage from his diary about his encounter with famed poet T.S Eliot at the Central Station in Leeds in 1964.

Eliot had seen a show from Bennett’s Beyond The Fringe, and his late wife had sent Bennett Eliot’s notes inside the program from their visit.

Eliot had said it was “pleasant to see this type of entertainment so successful.”

There were examples of the asides and social commentary he is well known for. On the Festival of Britain, he told the audience about his visit in 1951.

He said: “I had never seen colour until the Festival of Britain, having been born during the war.”

Speaking after the event, Cllr Cotton said: “As ever Alan Bennett was wonderful, witty and warm. He gave us a night to remember and he gave us hope because the money we raised will enable C4WS to expand their work helping homeless people rebuild their lives.

“I have now raised over £40,000 for C4WS since last May and I will continue to campaign against homelessness after I cease to be Mayor because I think it is a disgrace that so many people are sleeping in doorways in one of the richest cities in the world”.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

This month, the summer season begins at the Parliament Hill Fields Lido. The Lido will stay open until 6.30pm and as always, will be open seven days a week.

The country is divided - not just the ‘Laurel or Yanni’ debate - but by a different ‘Laurel’: ‘another fine mess’ the Laurel and Hardy Conservative Party has ‘got us into’, over Brexit.

Yesterday, 08:00

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Ham&High readers this week.

Fri, 17:00

As an interior design publicist, design writer and social media consultant, Milly Burroughs is constantly on the go, but always finds time to enjoy Maida Vale

Fri, 15:57

Two police officers have been praised for saving the life of a 59-year-old woman in Camden.

Fri, 08:20

A dementia sufferer is taking part in a day-long sponsored walk on Sunday to raise money for AgeUK Camden’s Henderson Court day centre, in Hampstead.

Thu, 14:13

Police are appealing for information after a 15-year-old girl was shown explicit images by a man in King’s Cross on her way to school.

Thu, 14:11

A man has been found guilty of murdering Derek McAllister over a minor argument in an East Finchley bookmaker’s in 2015.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Wembley Sailing Club is hosting a Push the Boat Out event on Sunday May 20, where those interested in taking up the sport are invited to experience the club in action.

Preparing your child in advance for school will go a long way towards ensuring the very best start for your child.

After over 50 years in the acting industry, and a decade of unprecedented success delivering outstanding part-time performing arts tuition at her weekend Academies across the country, Pauline Quirke returns to her roots to create even more opportunities for young performers in North London.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now