Ray Donn

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Ray Donn (7 August 1937, in Poplar, East London, England) is a British entepreneur and businessman-turned-actor. Donn began his professional life in 1961 and spent 36 years running pubs, clubs and hotels, such as the Pegasus from 1961 to 1968, the Goat from 1968 to 1970, the Valley Club from 1970 to 1984, and Syndale Park Motel from 1984 to 1997. In addition, from 1970 to 1985, he directed Ray Donn (Leisure) Ltd. as an entertainment and management agency, booking artists for clubs, theatre and TV clients, with clients at the time including Jim Bowen and Bobby Davro. From 1966-1980 he produced and directed the annual Publand Variety Show featuring the top performers from pub and club entertainment, presenting the show at major London theatres and concluding at the London Palladium. Proceeds from the shows going to the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund. Donn served on the management committee of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund for 35 years from 1974 to 2009. The fund provides and maintains Brinsworth House as a residential home for retired members of the entertainment profession and/or their dependents.
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