JIS News

Late Jamaican and international reggae icon, Bob Marley will be honoured with the first Mayor of London’s Heritage Plaque, which will be unveiled on October 26.
The plaque will be mounted at 34 Ridgmount Gardens where Bob Marley lived when he fist visited the United Kingdom in 1972.
Mayor of London, Ken Livingston and Acting Jamaica High Commissioner, Sharon Saunders and a representative of the Marley family are among those expected to attend the unveiling ceremony.
Cultural researcher, Nubian Jak, who initiated and worked on the project, told JIS News that the idea to pay tribute to Bob Marley in this manner, came about while he was working for English Heritage organisation, on a project to identify and raise the profile of important and historical black and ethnic minority figures.
Mr. Jak said he then approached the Mayor of London’s office, which was starting a Heritage Plaque scheme, and the office, with the permission of the owners of the Ridgmount Gardens property, agreed to erect the plaque at the premises.
“This will be a truly historic occasion and it is significant that it is taking place during Black History Month,” he noted.
He pointed out that “Marley lived at Ridgmount Gardens for a part of 1972 when he first came to England, just as the Wailers were making a name for themselves internationally, so you could say that internationally, it all started at Ridgmount Gardens.”