Ritchie Blackmore’s hometown refuses blue plaque, but campaign finds a way

Ritchie Blackmore
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A plaque dedicated to Ritchie Blackmore has been installed on the building where the UK guitar great was born, in the British seaside town of Weston Super Mare.

The plaque was erected at Allendale Nursing Home on Beach Road on February 25, following a campaign by Blackmore fan John Cadwallader. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.