With enough support, Asia, King Crimson bassist could be honored in Derby, England
By David Sands
November 17, 2017
A campaign is underway to recognize the late bassist John Wetton, best known for his work with Asia, Roxy Music and King Crimson, with a plaque in Derby, England.
Pete Marriott, a reader of Prog magazine, noticed an article in the Derby Telegraph calling for its readership to make suggestions for local figures to be honored with a series of plaques in the English East Midlands city.
“Called Made in Derby, the scheme will see an initial eight plaques, made of cast metal and stone, set into paving in Albion Street and Exchange Streets,” the paper said of the project. “Each will have a feature allowing smart-phone users to learn more about the individuals and their achievements. More commemorations could be added in future years.”
Wetton, who passed away from cancer this January, was born in Willington, Derbyshire about six miles southwest of Derby. In an interview with Prog magazine, Marriott made a pitch for Wetton getting a plaque:
“I feel that John Wetton deserves the paving stone as he has done a lot over the years as a bass guitarist for countless bands (Roxy Music, King Crimson, Uriah Heep, Asia, Family etc etc) but yet I feel he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves in Derby.”
Fans interested in supporting the drive for a Wetton plaque can send a letter to: Made in Derby, c/o Zena Hawley, Derby Telegraph, 2 Siddals Road, Derby, DE1 2PB. Requests can also be submitted to the paper via email or its Twitter and Facebook social media accounts.
The deadline for the contest is Nov. 30.
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