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Bob Marley to be honoured with blue plaque

BLUE PLAQUE: The commemorative sign will be installed on Bob Marley's former Chelsea home

BOB MARLEY’S former London home is to have a blue plaque installed.

The iconic reggae singer resided in the house in Chelsea after an assassination attempt was made on his life in Jamaica.

Marley lived with his band The Wailers in the house, which is located on Oakley Street, off King’s Road, in 1977.

During the time that they were living in the house, the band finished the recording of their album Exodus.

Historian David Olusoga, a trustee of English Heritage and a member of the blue plaques panel, has said he is particularly excited about Marley’s blue plaque.

“From engineering to music, this year’s blue plaques remind us of the enormous range of human achievement.

“Personally, I am particularly excited by the Bob Marley plaque. Marley was more than a brilliant musician, he became a cultural icon who blazed a trail for other black artists.

“All of our blue plaque recipients called London home, at least for a while, and our plaques are a testament to the creativity and variety of this city,” he said.

Another blue plaque commemorating the singer is located at Ridgmount Gardens, Camden, where Marley also lived for a time.

In addition to Marley, this year will see blue plaques installed to recognise traveller, archaeologist and diplomat Gertrude Bell, novelist Angela Carter, war correspondent Martha Gellhorn and Lilian Lindsay, the first woman to qualify as a dentist, and civil engineer Sir John Wolfe Barry.

London’s blue plaques scheme is an initiative run by English Heritage. The plaques celebrate the links between notable figures of the past and the city’s buildings.

To be eligible for a blue plaque, the candidate must have died at least 20 years ago.

Information on how to nominate someone for a blue plaque can be found on the English Heritage website.

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