Showbiz legends were in abundance at the Regents Park Marriott Hotel in Swiss Cottage on Saturday 16th November, when the Heritage Foundation paid special tribute to actor and comedian Bernard Cribbins OBE on achieving 70 years in the business. Best known for narrating The Wombles TV series; his appearances in three Carry On films; two hit records (‘Right Said Fred’ and ‘Hole In The Ground’) plus appearances in Doctor Who, Jackanory, Fawlty Towers, Wrong Arm Of The Law and many other TV programmes and feature films, Cribbins (84) was delighted to receive recognition from his peers at the Heritage Foundation’s annual Christmas Lunch. The glitzy event (complete with crackers, turkey & mince pies) concluded with a full set by the Trembling Wilburys, whose singers Glen Knowler (as George Harrison) and Dave Collison (as Roy Orbison) are seen flanking Cribbins. This turned out to be one of our best performances yet, and a great warm-up for our special Xmas party night at Dingwalls in Camden on December 3rd.
Among those paying tribute to Cribbins onstage were actress Jenny Agutter, who appeared with him in ‘The Railway Children’ film; comedian & scriptwriter Barry Cryer; Wombles songwriter Mike Batt; and showbiz agent Johnny Mann. Also enjoying the proceedings were actresses June Whitfield CBE, Shirley Anne Field, Letitia Dean, Jean Ferguson and Lynda Baron; comedian Joe Goodman; composer Les Reed; and singers Mike Berry and Julie Rogers, among many others.
The event was hosted by Heritage Foundation president, actress Vicki Michelle of ‘Allo ‘Allo fame, and Chairman David Graham. Also present were veterans of the RAF’s Bomber Command, regular attendees at the event since the Heritage Foundation helped launch the fund which raised the millions required to build the Bomber Command Memorial in Hyde Park, which was officially opened by the Queen in 2012 – and celebrated by a special luncheon at the Marriott two days later, at which the Wilburys also performed. Onwards and upwards chaps!