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Weston-super-Mare petition

Ritchie Blackmore, Stroudsburg PA, May 14, 2011; © Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA

There is a petition going on the change.org for Weston-super-Mare Town Council to honour Ritchie Blackmore with a memorial plaque. Ritchie, of course, was born in Weston, at the Allendale Nursing Home, on April 14, 1945. At the time of this writing, the petition has 900 signatures with the next immediate goal being 1,000. You know what to do.

Thanks to Andrey Gusenkov for the info.



10 Comments to “Weston-super-Mare petition”:

  1. 1
    De Pourcq Michel says:

    done 🙂

  2. 2
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Sadly the town of Weston super Mare has a reputation of being rough and full of pockets of poverty with people living on poor average income but believe when I say it’s has the most beautiful long and wide sandy beach I have even seen in my life and the best English breakfast I have even had and I only paid 3 pounds and that’s a bargain.
    Saddly I can’t add more but I loved the people and it would be a great uplifting things that will fill their hearts with pride and joy.
    Peace

  3. 3
    James Gemmell says:

    Yeah, but he grew up in Heston (here’s me talking as if I have any idea where that is, or know anything about towns in England). The New York Islanders are playing a deciding Game 7 tonight (6/25/21) against the Tampa Bay Lighning in the NHL conference finals. Living on Long Island, New York now for years, I wonder if Ritchie & Candy are going to undergo the hassle of the Long Island Expressway to check it out at Nassau Coliseum.

  4. 4
    Reverend Harry Longfallis says:

    A memorial plaque? Isn’t he still alive?

  5. 5
    Jim Corrigan says:

    Was there on February 24th, 2020 during a train transfer from Penzance to Aberdeen. We only had 25 minutes to spare, so we could only go to either the nursing home or 33 Addicott Road (Where RB lived until he was 2 1/2, I believe). I had read the town council proclamation about installing this plaque at one location or the other some time before our trip. The nursing home was a bit closer and easier to get to, but was still a good, brisk walk (Almost jog) there and back. Sadly no plaque and we figured the “RB curse” had struck once again, and we had picked the wrong spot. We had seat reservations on the train from Birmingham to Edinburgh Haymarket, so couldn’t afford to miss that train as it’s usually very full. So, I’m very glad to know this is still in the works and that we didn’t miss it!! I hope they get it accomplished. And yes, #4, there are several of these blue plaques installed for musicians that are still living. I shall sign said petition! Cheers!

  6. 6
    MacGregor says:

    @ 4 – ha ha, well spotted. For some people he may have already passed. We often hear the line these days regarding the ‘dinosaurs’ of rock music, are they still alive? Cheers.

  7. 7
    MacGregor says:

    @ 3 – I also had no idea where it was located & looked it up. Also because it reminded me of Rik Mayall taking the piss in one of those Bottom live comedy dvd’s that I have. From a vague memory of it Ade Edmondson aka ‘Edward Elizabeth Hitler’ mentions Weston super Mare & then Rik in his typical sarcastic hyped way repeats loudly, ‘Weston super Mare, Weston super Mare’ & looks rather shocked. Classic. I will have to dig it out to see where it is goes after that , as I cannot remember the next phase of that stint. Knowing those two it could mean any of a number of things. Cheers

  8. 8
    MacGregor says:

    Here is one rave on Weston super Mare, from Ade, maybe I have it wrong as to the character ranting. Although it could also be on Bottom live 2 as one commentator says in the comments. Cheers.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7LlAUQqwC4

  9. 9
    MacGregor says:

    Here it is, a more thorough advertisement for Weston super Mare as the ultimate holiday destination. Cheers
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5KlxA6CuZA

  10. 10
    Terry says:

    I think John Cleese was also born in Weston also, the Monty Python team always remind me of a Deep Purple type comedy act . All the members learning their trade in the business before coming together to produce a fine body of work in the seventies. Sadly personnel changes (purple) ends the comparison. Maybe more of a Zeppelin comparison.

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