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by HUGH DAVID
This evening's last night of the Proms Is a reminder of other last nights, and In particular that of the most famous place of entertainment In London for two centuries, the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. They closed, as the newspapers of the time described It, ' for ever' on 25 July
1859: ' The last Dancing! the last Suppers! the last Punch! And no extra charge! '
Samuel Pepys , 200 years before, had found the Gardens ' mighty divertising,' though Joseph Addison in The Spectator in 1712, has his old friend Sir
Roger de Coverley remark that ' he should be a better customer if there were more nightingales and fewer strumpets.' But like so many great institutions of London's past Vauxhall Gardens is no more. Its attractions were sold off by auction In August 1859 and the site levelled to the ground. Narrator Garard Green With SCOTT CHERRY
NIGEL GRAHAM , RICHARD HUW JON STRICKLAND
PATIENCE TOMLINSON and PETIH TUDDENHAU
Producer ALAN HAYDOCK
(Repeated: 29 September)
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