Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Plaque of the Week No.38

“…'Til the boys come home.”

Commemorating: Ivor Novello
Street: Aldwych
Postcode: WC2
Borough: Westminster

Born David Ivor Davies at Cardiff in 1893, Ivor Novello, as he was most famously known, was one of the most popular British entertainers of the 20th Century. As an actor and a singer he enjoyed success both in the West End and on screen. But it is on his gift for songwriting that his legend is built. Wartime favourite Keep the Home Fires Burning was a Novello composition as was We’ll Gather Lillacs and such evergreen standards as Waltz of My Heart, And Her Mother Came Too and I Can Give You the Starlight. The most prestigious British songwriting awards are named in his honour and the Strand Theatre in the Aldwych was renamed The Novello in 2005. He is also commemorated there with the blue plaque pictured here.

Keep an eye out for his plaque on the West of the Bars Hidden in Plain View – The Strand's Lost Lanes, Alleyways & Secret Treasures Walk on Sunday 27th June at 2.30pm.

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