Ronnie Corbett CBE to open his daughter Sophie’s new Brighton shop

PUBLISHED: 11:35 20 June 2014 | UPDATED: 09:06 26 June 2014

Brighton pier sign - Getty Images/iStockphoto

Brighton pier sign - Getty Images/iStockphoto


One of Britain’s best-loved comedy legends, Ronnie Corbett CBE, is to perform the opening ceremony – at 2pm on Sunday, June 29 – of his actress daughter Sophie’s new Brighton boutique, which she has named after her father’s most celebrated television sketch.

Sophie Corbett, 45, one of Britain’s top voiceover performers in TV commercials, has decided to call the shop - at 2 Victoria Street, Brighton - The Four Candles, after the iconic TV sketch performed by her father and his late partner Ronnie Barker in The Two Ronnies in 1976, in which Corbett, seen serving behind the counter in a hardware shop, mistakes Barker’s request for fork handles and produces four candles instead.

Ronnie Corbett, now 83 but still working on TV, will be accompanied by his actress wife, Anne Hart, to whom he has been married for 49 years, when he performs the opening ceremony at the boutique at 2pm on Sunday, June 29.

Sophie Corbett, who lives in Hove, is being supported in her new venture by her husband, singer and songwriter Gordon Grahame, and by her two sons, actor Dylan, 16, and ballet dancer Billy, 9.

Says Sophie: “I have had such wonderful love and support from both my parents all my life that I wanted to pay tribute to them with the name for the boutique. We shall be selling everything imaginable in the shop, ranging in price from £4 to £1,200, including luxury bohemian clothes and bags designed by me and hand-made on the premises by my own designer label, Maud, which happens to be my mother’s second name.

“There will also be hand-made furniture, Sam Ubhi jewellery, Ortigia beauty gifts, designer towels and beach-wear, and a whole range of bespoke haberdashery products created especially for The Four Candles. I have a wonderful team of helpers, including Mandy, my expert seamstress for the Maud label, and my friend and business partner Siobhan Stagg, who will be working with me.

“Both my parents have been deeply involved in all my plans for the boutique. We are opening on a Sunday so that everyone who wants to come may do so, and my darling Dad will cut a ribbon to declare The Four Candles officially open.

“My only sadness is that dear Ronnie Barker, who would have loved the name I have chosen for the boutique, isn’t still around to join me, my parents, my sister Emma, and our children at the opening”.

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