Retro image two of our new series of vintage black and white images relates to The Savoy London, home to countless celebrities throughout its long and illustrious history. This image jumped out at me as it links two of our clients – The Savoy London – operated by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts – with Visit Newport Beach, the stylish Californian coastal resort just 45 minutes drive from LAX. There is a Fairmont property situated in the heart of town too, by the way – Fairmont Newport Beach.
Back to the photo, John Wayne was obviously in London for a big event – a premiere of one of his countless films perhaps – and was a regular at The Savoy London – as you can see by this rather sweet photo of him with a star-struck young bell boy, trying out stetsons.
In Newport Beach, John Wayne is always referred to as Orange County’s most famous resident. He and his family lived there happily for many years, regularly teaming up with movie chums like Frank Sinatra with Rat Pack on tow and Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall – all of whom joined him aboard his beloved boat, The Wild Goose – a customised former minesweeper. The Wild Goose is today kept in top condition and is available for rental. If you fly into the local airport, you can’t miss him as there is an enormous statue dedicated to The Duke in the heart of the building – incidentally known as the John Wayne Airport. You can also stay at the Balboa Bay Club and Resort (Mr Wayne was a founder member of course), and drink a toast to him in the bar – Duke’s Place. Like I did of course on my first visit – well you have to, don’t you?
Contributor: Sue Lowry.
The Savoy London is managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts which is a client of Magellan PR. For more information, please visit www.fairmont.com, follow them on twitter @FairmontHotels or on Facebook/Fairmont Hotels. Their community website is www.everyonesanoriginal.com. Follow The Savoy London on twitter @TheSavoyLondon and on Facebook/The Savoy.
Visit Newport Beach is a client of Magellan PR. For more information on Newport Beach, please visit www.visitnewportbeach.com/uk or check out the Newport Beach blog; follow them on twitter @NewportBeach or on Facebook/visitnewportbeach.
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