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Famous… but not too famous stars wanted for plaques in back streets

Police ask for less well known Music Walk of Fame stones to be put in side streets

03 July, 2020 — By Richard Osley

The Who were given a prime spot near Camden Town tube station

IN setting up a Hollywood Boulevard-style tribute trail to the great musicians who have graced Camden Town, organisers may face an unexpectedly prickly problem of who should go where.

Everybody, after all, has an opinion and everybody thinks their favourite act should have a prominent place on Camden High Street as the new Music Walk Of Fame expands.

But as the scheme, which successfully launched in November and has already seen four stones laid, grows, police have popped up with the suggestion that it might be wise to put plaques for, well, less adored musicians away from the main strip.

Responding to a request for planning consent to lay new stones in Inverness Street, a sergeant on the design out crime team, told the Town Hall: “Appreciate it may be difficult to actually decide who will be ‘visited’ the most out of all the names being considered but I would certainly place the ones which are more famous closer to the main pedestrian route of Camden High Street so that there is more activity.”

The officer warned of more “blind spots” in Inverness Street, putting gathering tourists more at risks.

The Music Walk of Fame has so far proved a roaring success with spectacular stone unveiling events in the high street earlier this year for Madness, Amy Winehouse and Soul II Soul The Who were honoured last autumn.

The trail will eventually run between Chalk Farm and Mornington Crescent tube stations.

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