Tom Jenkins And The Grand Hotel

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2005042120050425For over twenty years up to ten million listeners let their imaginations drift into the idyllic surroundings of potted palms and wicker furniture of Eastbourne's Grand Hotel.|The memories of Edwardian splendour were brought to them by one of Britain's greatest soloists of the day, the violinist, Tom Jenkins.|A household name for the duration of the broadcasts, Jenkins was voted Most Popular Musical Entertainer in the Daily Mail National Radio Award three times in a row, yet his name disappeared from public memory with his premature death in 1957.|Simon Townley goes in search of this lost icon of British light music.