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Music hall memorial to be restored

18th August 2009

A London monument to stars from the golden age of music hall is to be restored thanks to a £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money will go towards the refurbishment of the memorial in Streatham Park Cemetery, where hundreds of music hall and variety stars are buried together.

Erected in 1924 by the Variety Artistes Benevolent Fund, the monument is now maintained by the Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America. Its director Adrian Barry said: “Not only will we be restoring and improving access to the memorial, but we will be researching and commemorating the lives of these performers by transforming the former VABF chapel into a permanent exhibition space, and we are indebted to the Entertainment Artistes Benevolent Fund for giving their blessing to this project.”

Source: The Stage

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