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Robin Gibb’s house to get blue plaque honour
A BLUE plaque to Bee Gees legend Robin Gibb is due to be unveiled at the Oxfordshire house he loved next month.
It will be followed by a celebratory ticket-only garden party, which members of the public can attend, at the home he shared with his family in Thame on Sunday, September 30.
His wife Dwina said: “It is so well-deserved.
“Robin wrote a lot of songs in this house. It is where he created the Titanic Requiem with his son RJ and it is where Barry and Robin wrote You Win Again.”
Mr Gibb died on May 20, aged 62, after a lengthy battle with cancer and pneumonia.
People flocked to his home – The Prebendal in Priest End, leaving floral tributes outside.
Then on June 8, thousands of people lined the streets to bid a tearful farewell to the music legend.
His cortege travelled around the town centre before he was laid to rest at St Mary’s Church, just yards from his home.
Mrs Gibb said: “We still have lots of people coming to the house. Last week a man in uniform went up to the house.
“He took his cap off to pay his respects and then off he went.
“A lot of people seem to be using Robin’s grave as a bit of a letterbox to me. They leave messages and notes with my name on.
“I read them all. I think a lot of them might not know we live opposite.”
The blue plaque was organised by the Heritage Foundation, an organisation of which Mr Gibb was once president.
The foundation aims to celebrate the country’s finest entertainers and their legacy, while raising money for charity.
All the money raised from ticket sales for the event will go to the Bomber Command Memorial Maintenance Appeal Fund – for which Mr Gibb was one of the pioneering campaigners.
Nigel Champken-Woods, the mayor of Thame, said: “This means a lot because it shows he obviously loved Thame. He had houses all over the place but considered this town his home.”
The plaque will be unveiled by members of the Gibb family at 2pm. A list of special guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
Heritage foundation chairman David Graham said: “This will be a great day for a lot of his fans to say goodbye who couldn’t get to the funeral.”
l Tickets for the garden party cost £78 per person. Call 0208 342 9953 or 07703 397270.