What do these famous people have in common?

Photo:Roger Lloyd-Pack depicted in Providence Place

Roger Lloyd-Pack depicted in Providence Place

Photo by Henry Bruce

Photo:John Peel was the first one - in Frederick Place

John Peel was the first one - in Frederick Place

Photo by Henry Bruce

Photo:Then a collage of 24 deceased stars

Then a collage of 24 deceased stars

Photo by Henry Bruce

Photo:Of course there was Michael Jackson

Of course there was Michael Jackson

Photo by Henry Bruce

Photo:Not forgetting Maggie Thatcher

Not forgetting Maggie Thatcher

Photo by Henry Bruce

Photo:Nelson Mandela was a must

Nelson Mandela was a must

Photo by Henry Bruce

Commemorated in North Laine street art

By Jackie Fuller, North Laine resident

Have you noticed how quickly street art appears in North Laine and surrounding streets to commemorate well-known personalities recently deceased?

First up was John Peel

The first one was probably JOHN PEEL. His image appeared on the side wall of the Prince Albert pub in Frederick Place after he died on 25th October 2004 just before his 65th birthday. His real name was John Robert Parker Ravenscroft but he was known professionally as John Peel. He was a well-known disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist and was the longest serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967 until his death. He was known for his eclectic taste in music and his honest and warm broadcasting style.

Replaced by a collage of images

His single image was replaced last summer on the side of the ‘Albert’ by a collage of images of deceased personalities, including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Freddy Mercury and Amy Winehouse among others. Altogether 24 deceased stars are now featured, all household names and including a new younger John Peel.

Then Michael Jackson

MICHAEL JACKSON’s image also appeared on the side of Albert, to the right of Bansky’s Kissing Policemen. Michael Joseph Jackson died on 25th June 2009 – he was 51. He will be remembered as an American recording artist, actor, producer, dancer, businessman, and philanthropist. Often referred to as ‘The King of Pop’, his contributions to music, dance and fashion, along with his much publicised personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. The image in Frederick Place well reflected the amazing movement always associated with his performances.

Maggie Thatcher's image was not very flattering

Then there was the not very flattering image of BARONESS MARGARET THATCHER that appeared in Cheapside (at the junction with Station Street) after she died on 8th April last year, aged 87. She was the longest serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is the only woman to have held the office. A Soviet journalist dubbed her the ‘Iron Lady’, a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister she implemented policies that came to be known as Thatcherism.

Then Nelson Mandela

NELSON MANDELA came next. His image appeared quickly at the top of Gloucester Road after he died on 5th December 2013 aged 95. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela will go down in the history books as the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 – the country’s first black chief executive and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. He will also be remembered for fostering racial reconciliation.

Most recently Roger Lloyd-Pack

Most recently an image of ROGER LLOYD-PACK appeared within a few days of his death aged 69 on 15th January 2014. Even if you're a North Laine resident you may not have noticed it – it’s in Providence Place and is partially obscured by some large refuse bins. Roger Lloyd-Pack was a well-known actor, probably best remembered as ‘Trigger’ in ‘Only Fools and Horses’, where his deadpan delivery and demeanour were legendary. He will also be remembered as ‘Owen Newitt’ in ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ but he played a huge variety of other roles during a TV, film and stage career which began in the 1960s, including a regular appearance at The Globe theatre in London.


No need to buy a newspaper any more - it's all in the street art of North Laine!!

[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 227, March/April 2014]

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