dusty HERITAGEplaque


The Heritage Foundation unveiled the very first MUSICAL HERITAGE plaque(left) in honour of Dusty Springfield on Sunday April 29, 2001. The blue plaque was at 38, Aubrey Walk, in London's Kensington, where Dusty lived for a time in the 1960s, but following refurbishment on the building was replaced on Sunday May 8th 2011.There was coverage by TV News & press. The original unveiling was actually done as a group effort by Madeline Bell, Pat Rhodes, Simon Bell, Billie Davis, Frank Allen & Shirley Ann Field. The replacement was unveiled by Barry Gibb, Madeline Bell, Simon Bell, Pat Rhodes & Frank Allen

Chairman of the charity, David Graham organised the event, which was followed by a luncheon in Grosvenor House in Park Lane.

Many of Dusty's friends & fans gathered along with stars from the 60's, including The Searchers' Frank Allen, Dave Berry, & Billie Davis.Following an auction which raised thousands of pounds for charity there was a cabaret of Dusty's songs performed by group Colours of Life, Oliver Braithwaite, Dave Berry, & Frank Allen of The Searchers, before Simon Bell sang "If You Go Away" before introducing Madeline Bell for "Son Of A Preacher Man", joined by former Dusty backers Kay Garner & Stevie Lange on vocals.

Plaque unveiling 2011

 Billie Davis & Kay Garner at a party afterwards.


 John Harding, Carole Gibson, Trudie Mitchell & Jill Botwriight.

 They all stayed on stage as Simon continued with "Stay Awhile/All I See Is You", Simon & Mad duetted on "Mockingbird", then Madeline sang "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me". To round of the day, Sir Norman Wisdom sang his famous song "Don't Laugh At Me". Other stars present included Sir John Mills, Mollie Sugden, Peter Baldwin, Shane Ritchie, and Shirley Ann Field. The afternoon had been hysterically conducted by comic Tom O'Conner, aided by Jess Conrad & DJs Tony Blackburn, Pete Murray & David Hamilton.

Stevie, Madeline & Kay with Simon in 2001.

(thanks to Carole Gibson for this & pic on left)