TQ2272 : The grave of Roy Plomley at Putney Vale Cemetery

taken 1 year ago, near to Roehampton, Wandsworth, Great Britain

The grave of Roy Plomley at Putney Vale Cemetery
The grave of Roy Plomley at Putney Vale Cemetery
Bordered on two sides by Wimbledon Common and Putney Heath, Putney Vale Cemetery was opened in 1891 and the crematorium in 1938. Putney Vale's only rival in the London area for the number of famous people buried or cremated here is Golders Green Crematorium.

Among those whose funerals were held here were Arthur Askey, Stanley Baker, James Beck of Dad's Army, Howard Carter who discovered Tutankhamun, James Hunt who won the Formula One Drivers' Championship, Hattie Jacques, J Bruce Ismay who was a passenger on the Titanic and Chairman of the White Star Line, Daniel Massey, Bobby Moore, Kenneth More, Jon Pertwee, Roy Plomley of Desert Island Discs, Nyree Dawn Porter, Joan Sims and Vesta Tilley.

On the left is the grave of Roy Plomley. Francis Roy Plomley, author and broadcaster, was born on 20th January 1914 and educated at King’s College School. He began his career in 1936 as an announcer on Radio Normandy, and managed to escape to Great Britain during the Dunkirk evacuation of June 1940. The following year, he had the idea for the radio programme Desert Island Discs, in which, each week, a guest is asked which eight records he or she would take if they were a castaway on a desert island. After the programme had continued for a few years, they were allowed to choose, in addition, one luxury (of no practical use), and a book. As everybody asked for either The Bible or The Complete Works of Shakespeare, the rules were modified so as to assume that both of these tomes were awaiting the castaway on the island. The programme was first broadcast on 29th January 1942, and has continued ever since, making it the longest-running programme in the world. Roy Plomley had hoped that the first guest would be Bernard Shaw, but the playwright refused with a terse postcard stating that he had better things to do, so Vic Oliver (husband of Sarah Churchill, and son-in-law of Sir Winston) was exiled instead of G.B.S. Roy Plomley continued to present the programme until his death on 28th May 1985. In 1975, Plomley was awarded the O.B.E. In addition to his broadcasting, he was the author of sixteen plays. At the foot of his grave are the words: “He was a joyous man”.
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Wednesday, 11 March, 2020   (more nearby)
Sunday, 15 March, 2020
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