Al­ter­na­tive bid to erect punk band blue plaque

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY MIR­ROR REPORTER

FANS cam­paign­ing to have a blue plaque erected in hon­our of Stiff Lit­tle Fin­gers have launched an on­line pe­ti­tion. A call has been made for the com­mem­o­ra­tive plate to be used to cel­e­brate how the Al­ter­na­tive Ul­ster punk rock­ers united young peo­ple from across the sec­tar­ian di­vide. Punk his­to­rian Dee Wil­son said he be­lieves the plaque should be erected at Wolsey’s Bar in Ban­gor, Co Down, as it was the scene of one of the band’s best known gigs at the then Tri­dent club in 1977. Mr Wil­son, 55, has launched an on­line bid to gather sup­port for the move af­ter the body be­hind the blue plaques, the Ul­ster His­tory Cir­cle, re­fused the re­quest. He added he be­lieves “the ges­ture would not only com­mem­o­rate the sem­i­nal live event, but pay trib­ute to the way in which the Belfast punk scene united Catholic and Protes­tant youths dur­ing the Troubles in the 1970s”. The band’s front­man Jake Burns said: “I think it’s only rea­son­able that one of the bright spots in a fairly dark time in North­ern Ire­land’s his­tory should be com­mem­o­rated.”

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