UK radio listeners nominate 2017 blue plaque recipients14/06/17Culture
David Bowie, John Peel and Sandy Denny are among the music industry nominees chosen to receive blue plaques of honour, following a poll by local BBC radio listeners in the UK.
BBC English regions controller David Holsworth said: “To mark BBC Music Day across BBC Local Radio with 47 blue plaque unveilings is a fitting way to commemorate our listeners’ passion and pride for where they live and to celebrate our music heritage.”
47 plaques will be unveiled tomorrow (15 June) in recognition of pioneering musicians and music venues.
The plaques are being awarded by BBC Local Radio and the British Plaque Trust to recognise people or places which have influenced the musical landscape across the UK.
Motorhead frontman Lemmy will be commemorated at Port Vale FC, Stoke-on-Trent. Tenor Alfie Boe will be the only living recipient of the award. His plaque will be unveiled at Marine Hall, Fleetwood.
Boe said: “You walk past so many blue plaques on buildings and you never suspect you’re going to be one of them. I’m just blown away by it, I really am.”
A plaque for David Bowie will be unveiled by Billy Bragg at the site of Trident Studios in Soho, London, where the musician recorded albums Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust.
Champion of new music John Peel will be honoured at his local village hall in Great Finborough, Suffolk.
The flat in Stretford, Greater Manchester, where Factory Records was founded – home to Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays – is also among the places receiving a plaque