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Mitchell stops Kenwood

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-02-21

Warren Mitchell

Warren Mitchell

Veteran actor Warren Mitchell is claiming a victory in getting the annual summer Kenwood House music festival in north west London cancelled and has been labelled "miserable".

Mitchell, who turned 81 last month, along with 37 other residents in Hampstead complained to Camden council over the staging of the festival and how it disrupts their peace.

"It's awful. As well as noise from the concerts, there's some terrible MC making inane comments, disturbing the peace," he said. "You can't sit in the garden at all and simply contemplate nature. Our little dog has to hide under the bed."

Last year, organisers English Heritage were forced to reduce the number of events from 10 to 8 and as a result made a loss. This year, it feared the same thing would happen with the number of events being even further curbed following pressure from local residents.

"The concerts which have been running for 55 years have given huge pleasure to hundreds of thousands of people," said English Heritage chief executive Simon Thurley. "This is a very sad day for Kenwood as well as for all the people who enjoy coming to a beautiful setting to enjoy music on a summer's evening."

Speaking of her own experiences of enjoying the annual Kenwood concerts, TV and radio presenter Vanessa Feltz labelled Mitchell "miserable" on her BBC London morning show.