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Posted: Wed May 09, 2012 11:20 am Post subject: MEDIA RELEASE: ALAN HULL PLAQUE UNVEILING: 11am 19 JULY 2012
With many thanks to Barry McKay for keeping us up to speed, here's the media release in full....
For immediate release
Newcastle City Council announces Memorial Plaque to Alan Hull
(James Alan Hull, 20 February 1945 - 17 November 1995)
Alan Hull: Humanist, songwriter and poet, singer and musician, founder member of the group Lindisfarne.....The Fog On The Tyne was all his.
Newcastle City Council are delighted to announce that on July 19th 2012 at 11am, outside the front entrance of Newcastle City Hall, the City will honour the late Alan Hull with a Newcastle City Memorial Plaque which will be permanently installed on the front of Newcastle’s City Hall. This Memorial Plaque will commemorate the connection between the City Hall and Alan Hull who performed there with the band Lindisfarne on over 120 occasions.
The Memorial Plaque will be unveiled by the Lord mayor of the City of Newcastle in the presence of the family of the late Alan Hull, his friends and colleagues. Newcastle City Council would also like to encourage everyone who enjoyed Alan Hull’s and Lindisfarne’s music to come along and celebrate the wonderful contribution that Alan made to his home city.
After the unveiling some former members of Lindisfarne will be remembering Alan with a live performance outside the City Hall. Former Lindisfarne star Ray Jackson said today, “I’m looking forward to July 19th and to performing in the street outside the City Hall instead of inside it for a change.”
Councillor Henri Murison, Newcastle City Council cabinet member for Quality of Life, said “Alan Hull’s legacy continues to be an inspiration to musicians and artists both here on Tyneside and also around the world, so we are delighted to be honouring him in this way. The City Hall played such an important part in Lindisfarne’s career so I am pleased that the venue will be a paying this tribute to Alan.”
On behalf of the Hull family, Alan’s daughter Rosamund says: “The Hull family is both touched and proud that Alan’s musical contribution to Newcastle and its people has been remembered and recognised by the decision to honour his memory with this plaque. We are very thankful to Newcastle City Council whose support has made this possible. It’s a very fitting tribute as the City of Newcastle inspired Alan and when he played at Newcastle City hall he truly felt at home. I’m sure there are great memories for every Lindisfarne fan who witnessed the legendary Christmas concerts there. We know Alan who was fiercely proud of his Geordie roots would be honoured to have his name outside a venue where he spent most of his musical years playing.”
Lindisfarne and Alan Hull’s former manager, Barry McKay, said today “Alan Hull inspired generations with his wonderful song-writing combined with his unfaltering campaigning for social justice. To receive the only Memorial Plaque to be installed on Newcastle’s Grade 2 listed City Hall since it opened back in 1927 really is a great honour but one which is well deserved“.
Alan Hull performed well over 120 shows with Lindisfarne on the City Hall’s stage which attracted fans not only from throughout the UK but from all over the world. Newcastle’s world famous City Hall was not only Alan Hull’s favourite venue but also the first choice of many great artistes, such as Elton John and The Beatles and was often the venue of choice for the opening of UK tours, bands knowing the terrific welcome they could expect from Newcastle audiences.
Photograph courtesy of forum member 'Kevin'.
Last edited by Bob on Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:18 pm; edited 1 time in total
I know Henri from the Council and I know they're making a real effort with things like this. It's great to see. I'm hoping to be in Newcastle that day so should be good! _________________ www.craigjohnson.org.uk
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