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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th October 1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England
16th October 1959 Born today: Gary Kemp, London, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True)
16th October 1958 The first episode of children's TV show Blue Peter is aired on Television.
16th October 1951 Born today: Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)
16th October 1936 Actor Peter Bowles was born in London.
16th October 1927 Born today: Lee Montague, London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)
16th October 1925 Born today: Angela Lansbury, London England, actress (Jessica-Murder She Wrote)
16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.
16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn
Brinsworth House: Retired Actors
This is the retirement home of the stars.
Location: 72 Staines Road, Twickenham, tw2 5al
Description: This is where one of the entertainment industries most exclusive retirement homes can be found.
The last home of such notable entertainers as Dame Thora Hird, Alan Fluff Freeman and Charlie Drake, this brown-brick building sits back off a main road, belying the fact that it is actually set within an acre of land.
One of Brinsworth's newest residents is Emily Perry, known as Pat, who is better still famed for portraying Madge Allsop, the long-suffering best friend and bridesmaid to Dame Edna Everage.
The rooms are named after famous people who pay a sponsorship fee to have titles such as The Norman Wisdom Room or The Brian Conley Room painted on doors.
The Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund was founded in 1908. Brinsworth House was opened in 1911 to care for members of what was then the variety and music hall profession.
In addition to caring for the 32 residents of Brinsworth House, the Fund also provides financial help for 300 or so beneficiaries who are residing in their own homes.