NEWS: THE KENNETH MORE TABLE AT JOE ALLEN, LONDON

 

Joe Allen in London. Image credit: Joe Allen

What better way to celebrate Kenny’s birthday than to raise a glass to him! KenenthMore.com is proud to have worked with the famous theatreland restaurant, Joe Allen in creating a Kenneth More table, featuring pictures from his career and two from Kenny’s personal collection; meeting the Queen Mother, and separately Prince Charles at the Battle of Britain premiere.

Joe Allen in Covent Garden was first opened in 1977, a sister restaurant to the original New York site. It was named after its owner and creator, a man dedicated to delivering fantastic dining experiences. Set in a venue adorned with the best theatre memorabilia, Joe Allen is the Covent Garden Brasserie for theatre-goers, locals and visitors alike.

Because it was started by actors, producers and directors looking to woo the West End’s latest and greatest productions, Joe Allen quickly became known as the ‘West End’s Canteen’, with famous faces from all industries often spotted among the posters.

Kenny’s daughter Sarah More recalled being taken there by her father back in the day, so the introduction of a table featuring pictures displayed in his memory makes this table extra special to dine at.

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NEWS: INTERVIEW ON KENNETH MORE – BBC RADIO LONDON

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Jason Solomons with Nick Pourgourides. Image courtesy of BBC Radio London

Our founder, Nick Pourgourides, was a guest on BBC Radio London with presenter Jason Solomons to talk all things Kenneth More. Nick brought along Kenny’s 40th anniversary Variety Club silver heart to help remind the public of his immense contribution to the entertainment industry.

Listen back to the interview here. Starts at 1:44:27 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07kkr4y

With thanks to Jason Solomons.

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Kenneth More’s 40th anniversary Variety Club silver heart. Presented to him at a special luncheon held at the Savoy Hotel. Image courtesy of BBC Radio London

 

FEATURES: KENNETH MORE AT HOME

A different side to Kenneth More…

Our Founder, Nick Pourgourides, tells how surprised he was to learn how quiet Kenny was at home. With thanks to Talking Pictures TV. The interview originally aired as part of Kenneth More Day.

FEATURES: FROM THE ARCHIVES: KENNETH MORE’S 1955 VARIETY CLUB AWARD

This week our founder, Nick Pourgourides, opens up the archives to examine some of Kenneth More’s personal items. The first of which is a silver heart award from 1955, bestowed by the Variety Club of Great Britain.

40 years later the award would reappear at a Variety Club lunch in the Lancaster Ballroom of the Savoy to celebrate Kenny’s 40 years of show business, for which he received another silver heart in special recognition.

With thanks to Talking Pictures Television for the use of the clip which showed originally as part of Kenneth More Day on July 12th 2019

NEWS: REMEMBERING KENNETH MORE ON JULY 12TH

Kenneth More with daughter Sarah doing the twist on board a US battleship on the set of We Joined the Navy

Kenneth More with daughter Sarah doing the twist on board a US battleship on the set of We Joined the Navy. Image courtesy of Sarah Glaister

“I am so proud to be the daughter of Kenneth More and I am also so grateful for Nick Pourgourides for promoting my father through KennethMore.com and helping Talking Pictures TV with a day in his honour on July 12th” 

Sarah Glaister (More)

Kenneth More and Angela Douglas larking about in Sussex

Kenneth More and Angela Douglas larking about in Sussex. Image courtesy of Angela More

“Kenny is always remembered with warm happy memories of love…A Kenneth More Day is something very special to me…. A time for us all to think of him with great affection. With thanks to Talking Pictures but especially to my friend Nick Pourgourides, for all that he has done and continues to do in keeping his memory alive.

Angela More x


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“Only a year ago, I was saddened to see how little presence there was for man who had given so much to the British entertainment industry and the public, over four consecutive decades. A year on, things are changing. Most importantly we have an official website, social media channels spreading the word, and press coverage building. July 12th has always been a poignant date, but at least this year it marks something positive, with Talking Pictures TV dedicating a whole day’s worth of programming in his honour. I’ve been filled with joy in meeting and receiving so many messages from people who are as fond of Kenny as I am. There’s still more to do in reminding people of his great career and there are some exciting plans afoot. Let’s keep on keeping on!” 

Nick Pourgourides, Founder of KenenthMore.com  

FEATURES: AN ACTOR’S MAKEUP BOX

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British film and stage actor Kenneth More (1914 – 1982) getting ready backstage at the Shaftesbury Theatre for the play ‘Our Man Crichton’, London, UK, 7th February 1965. (Photo by Norman Potter/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

With Kenneth More Day almost upon us we delve into the Preservation Library to examine a rare item.

Angela More: “Actors makeup boxes are very personal items. Kenny always applied his own before performances. He kept it at home in his final years. To think that the last time these paints were used was by him makes it extra special to me. The cork is something actors used to apply makeup with. His was from a vintage 1943 Veuve Clicquot Champagne bottle. I never asked him what the significance of it was but assume it was from some victory at sea during the war.”

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FEATURES: KENNETH MORE AND HIS LOVE OF TIMEPIECES

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Actor Kenneth More in a scene from “The Sweet War Man”, 1965 (Photo by Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Angela More: “He loved collecting watches, clocks, basically anything that ticked! In the picture above, that was a Rolex Submariner. I remember that one on his wrist. He had a good number of timepieces. Rolex, Cartier, Piaget…”

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English actor Kenneth More (1914-1982) pictured on the set of the television drama ‘Armchair Theatre- Old Soldiers’ in 1964. (Photo by Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Angela More: “In our home at Bute House I remember an antique Grandfather clock, a chronometer in a box in his study, a carriage clock on his desk…. Come to think of it, they were all over the house! It’s fair to say he was a bit of a collector.”

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Kenneth More’s Piaget wristwatch. Image courtesy of daughter Sarah More

Kenny’s daughter Sarah More remembers his Piaget watch (above). “It was one my mother gave him as a present. He kept it all throughout his life. What amazed me was how paper thin it was. I still have it.”

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Kenneth More’s Rolex Datejust. Image courtesy of daughter Jane More

Angela More on the story behind his Rolex DateJust. “We were in the South of France on holiday once and I sent him out to get some breakfast. He took rather a long time in returning and when he did this watch appeared. “You’ve completely forgotten about the food!” I said.

Seemed he had more interest in the local jewellers than the bakery!

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