Joanna Lumley childhood garden in Epsom opens in aid of Princess Alice Hospice on Sunday

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Joanna Lumley’s childhood garden is being opened to the public in aid of a hospice on Sunday.

The Absolutely Fabulous sitcom star lived at 91 West Hill Avenue, Epsom, for two years during the 1950s and its garden is now being opened to support local hospice Princess Alice Hospice.

In her autobiography, No Room for Secrets, Lumley said she was nine years old and studying at Mickledene boarding school in Kent when the family moved there.

She said: "My father was working for the War Office before going back to Malaya, and these were army quarters, that is to say the house was found for us by the Army.

"The house was at the bottom of a cul-de-sac, with a neat little garden of full of golden rod, apple trees, laurels and a large slabby rock garden with small indeterminate plants crawling out of the cracks."

The actress remembers playing the piano in the sitting room and watching children’s TV shows, starring Bill and Ben, at their next-door neighbours.

Neighbouring gardens in Meadway, Ridgeway and West Hill Avenue are also being thrown open and will feature stalls, refreshments, face painting, a tombola and refreshments.

Fourteen gardens are taking part between 2pm and 5.30pm on Sunday, June 22. Tickets cost £5, children go free.

For more information visit www.pah.org.uk or call 01372 468811.

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