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We have a plaque

ritchie blackmore plaque at his birthplace in weston-super-mare, england

Remember the petition to install a plaque honouring Ritchie Blackmore? Well, it succeeded:

Hi Everybody, Yesterday, I viewed a plaque dedicated to Ritchie at his place of birth in Weston super Mare. I inspired the writing and the owners kindly sponsored a large metal plaque and placed it on the outside of the building for all to see. We will have a full unveiling on Ritchie’s birthday in April. Thanks again for your support

Can we have the address please?

[Update March 2]: Music Radar has more details on the plaque:

After starting a petition to install a plaque marking the town as Blackmore’s birthplace, John managed to collect over 2300 signatures. However when it was presented to the council, it was rejected on the grounds that Blackmore was still alive and therefore doesn’t qualify.

The story doesn’t end there, though. While the council’s misgivings might have stopped a blue plaque from being awarded, Allendale Nursing Home on Beach Road – the building where Blackmore was born – has decided to step in to realise John’s goal.

“The good news is the nursing home has sponsored and installed a plaque on their front wall for all to see. And let me design it,” he told Guitar World. “We hope to have a full unveiling ceremony on Ritchie’s birthday in April.”

Apparently, the Allendale Nursing Home is now called Beach Lawns Residential and Nursing Home and its address is 67 Beach Road, Beach Front, Weston-super-Mare BS23 4BG.

Thanks to John Cadwallader for his efforts, and to Music Radar and Yvonne for additional info.

13 Comments to “We have a plaque”:

  1. 1
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Blackmore, Gillan and Glover (Simper also) – all born 1945, all conceived in that second half of 1944 (post-D-Day) and very early 1945 when Britons finally knew for sure that the Third Reich would be beaten. Children of reassurance.

    Jon was born a few years earlier in June 1941 which dates his conception smack-dab in the middle of the Battle of Britain – his parents must have trusted those Hurricanes and Spitfires stemming the Luftwaffe tide: a child of hope.

  2. 2
    David White says:

    I bet he’s pissed off that Gillan’s lyrics are on his sign!

  3. 3
    Buttockss says:

    Well done….Cheer’s to you Mr. John! 🎸

  4. 4
    MacGregor says:

    A woeful embarrassment in wording, ‘rock superstar’. Also the lyrics, is that the best they could come up with. Some people just don’t get it. Might as well have some of the ‘Smooth Dancer’ lyrics. Kudos for getting a plaque implemented, however it seems a wasted opportunity! Cheers.

  5. 5
    Nick Soveiko says:

    @2: i guess notation to the highway star solo would make it the sign look too busy 😉

  6. 6
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Don’t nitpick – they at least tried. “Smoke on the Water/A Fire in the Sky” rings a bell even with people who have otherwise little or no knowledge of rock – that is what a plaque is supposed to do after all, garner attention.

    “i guess notation to the highway star solo would make the sign look too busy”

    LOL – brilliant remark!

  7. 7
    MacGregor says:

    Ritchie Blackmore ; Perhaps these words, ‘Celebrated’ or ‘Distinguished’ Deep Purple & Rainbow Guitarist. Or even just DP for the pre Rainbow career. There are other ways to word it. As we are aware Blackmore is one very media shy, private & successful musician from that era still to this day. He isn’t a so called ‘superstar’. As I stated previously, kudos for getting a plaque for a musician of wonderful calibre, a problem with that word. It isn’t the end of the world though. Nit picking indeed & possibly splitting hairs also. I should have better things to do with my life, he he he. Oh for the want of a quill & parchment. Cheers.

  8. 8
    Marcus says:

    Aren’t those Roger’s lyrics?

  9. 9
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I think it should read “Ritchie Blackmore – inspired prankster, riff merchant extraordinaire, gifted soloist & medieval minstrel”. That sums him up. Ok, add “banjo player” to it. ; – )

  10. 10
    Ivica says:

    Ritchie would plaque honouringt destroyer as well as the cameraman at California Jam … 🙂

  11. 11
    errolarias says:

    They didn’t even mentioned this plaque in their poorly design web site https://www.blackmoresnight.com/ … Not even a simple “Thanks”… I think they do not like the idea that much.. Is a very good intention to be honest, but I rather see a Blue Plaque instead.. IMHO

  12. 12
    guillermovalverde says:

    I wonder, Why did they mention only the month and not the exact date of his birth?

  13. 13
    GAVIN MOFFAT says:

    Should have got a committee to design it, i.e. … all of the above.😀

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