Stars turn out to support East Kent Freemasons tribute to a famous songwriter.
LES REED OBE
Over 160 celebrities, family and friends of the famous songwriter, Les Reed OBE, gathered at the London Marriott Hotel in Regents Park, to celebrate the life of Les Reed OBE.
The day was hosted by the Province of East Kent Freemasons, the reception area also provided an opportunity for guests to find out more about freemasonry and the tremendous range of causes supported by the Masonic Charitable Fund.
Les Reed was born in 24 July 1935 and died 15 April 2019. As a young man, Les passed the entrance examinations for the London College of Music but was conscripted for national service, during which he played the clarinet and wrote arrangements for the Royal East Kent Military Band.
Les Reed’s name may not be known by all, but his songs will be, songs like, Delilah’ and ‘It’s Not Unusual’ for Sir Tom Jones and ‘The Last Waltz’ for Engelbert Humperdinck, There’s a Kind of Hush was a hit for Herman’s Hermits in 1967 which became international success for the Carpenters in 1976 and many more, Les was well known for writing, arranging and performing in the music industry.
When stars like, Rick Wakeman OBE, Patti Boulaye OBE, Jess Conrad OBE, PJ Proby and Cheryl Baker of Eurovision fame and many more other well-known stars were in attendance, including Anita Harris and Duncan Norvelle, it shows just how highly Les was regarded in the industry.
After speeches of introduction and lunch, attendees were stunned by the performance from a young songwriter, Charlie Wallbank. A friend of one of Les’ grandsons, Charlie also spoke eloquently about the inspiration and encouragement he had received from Les and that one of the songs had actually been composed on Les’ own precious grand piano.
The four-course lunch was interspersed with videos about Les’ life and concluded with a moving, emotional speech from Donna, Les’ daughter, who was supported by her sons, Alex and Dominic.
Donna was also presented with a beautiful glass plaque to commemorate the day by Mark Bassant, Assistant to the Head of East Kent Freemasons.
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