The Phantom Plaque Pincher of Olde Greenwich Towne
Remember this? The splendid moment back in March when Squeeze’s first gig was honoured with a commemorative plaque on the side of Greenwich Borough Hall? Warren sent me this fantastic photo of the chaps lined up in front of said plaque, and we all puffed out our chests in communal pride at our local lads done good.
Well, I have some bad news for you, guys. Alan contacted me last week to say he’d gone to get a snap of the plaque – and Quelle horreur! It had vanished! He could hardly believe it had been nicked, since it’s actually opposite the local nick.
Surely there had been some dreadful mistake? Perhaps Alan didn’t know where to find the plaque and he’d just missed it. I had to see this for myself. But no – let me show you - if a fan was to make the pilgrimage to Greenwich to the Squeeze shrine, this is the awful sight they would be greeted with:
Nothing. Nada. Zip. Rien. The only signs that it had ever existed at all are these two lonesome holes in the mortar:
I suppose it’s all very rock & roll, but it made my heart just a little sadder.
I have written to the PRS Heritage guys to see if they are aware of this – holding out hope that perhaps it’s been removed for cleaning or something (I’m assuming that there isn’t just the one plaque, that goes up for a few months, then quietly gets taken down, the names scrubbed off it, repainted with the legend ‘Status Quo’ and re-erected in Eltham).
It was quite low down, I suppose; it wouldn’t have been hard to remove by a determined fan (or someone swiping to order – and yes, I did check Ebay…) I have suggested to the PRS Heritage guys that, if they feel like re-erecting it (and I hope they do) that they put it up nice and high. They could also run a few thousand volts through it. That should do the trick…
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