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Council honours Bee Gees with blue plaque at childhood home

Douglas Borough Council has honoured Honorary Freemen of the Borough Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb - the Bee Gees – with a blue plaque at their childhood home, 50 St Catherine’s Drive.

 

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The plaque was unveiled on Wednesday April 24th by the son of the late Robin Gibb CBE, Robin-John Gibb, who was accompanied by his mother, Dwina Gibb.

 

MayorSpeechDSC 2939 MediumIn his speech His Worship referred to the Bee Gees as 'ambassadors for the Island'Before inviting Robin-John Gibb to unveil the plaque, erected at the house by kind permission of owners Kerry and Keith Moore, His Worship the Mayor of Douglas Councillor David Ashford JP, in his speech of welcome, paid tribute to ‘the legendary musical achievements of one of the world’s most successful pop groups’, artists whose music ‘had served as the soundtrack to the lives of so many of us these past decades.’

 

His Worship went on to say how the Bee Gees had always taken every opportunity to speak with great warmth about their Manx roots and the land of their birth, referring to them as ‘ambassadors’ for the Island.

 

Concluding His Worship said: ‘It is therefore fitting that the first blue plaque to be erected in the Isle of Man should commemorate the life and work of these three brothers, Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb who, as the Bee Gees, inspired and delighted generations of audiences with their music and did so much to promote the Isle of Man.’

 

RJSpeechDSC 2963 MediumRobin-John Gibb said his father had become part of the Island's 'rich and wonderful history'In his reply Robin-John Gibb spoke of his late father’s affection for the Isle of Man, ‘his first home and his true home’ and how the ‘magic’ of the Island captivated his father and continues to exert the same attraction for him. He expressed his pride in unveiling the plaque in memory of his father who, he said, had become part of the ‘rich and wonderful history’ of the Isle of Man.

 

 

 

 

UnveilDSC 2965 MediumLater that day His Worship welcomed Dwina and Robin-John Gibb to the town hall where he presented them with a mounted glass replica of the plaque now gracing the Bee Gees’ childhood home.

 

The unveiling ceremony was to coincide with the launch of a set of stamps by Isle of Man Post Office celebrating the life and work of singer/songwriter Robin Gibb. The set includes a stamp featuring the cover of Robin Gibb’s last solo number, recorded in 2008/9 and poignantly titled ’50 St Catherine’s Drive’. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MayorMooresDSC 3065 MediumHis Worship present owners of 50 St Catherine's Drive Kerry and Keith Moore with a bouquet

 

 

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 ...Later that day in Douglas town hall:

 

PresentationDSC 3108 MediumHis Worship presents a glass replica plaque to Dwina and Robin-John Gibb. Also pictured are the Mayoress and Isle of Man Post Office chairman Geoff Corkish MLC MBE

 

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GavelDwinaDSC 3137 MediumHis Worship and Dwina Gibb in the Council chamber

 

 

DwinaFreemenDSC 3154MediumDwina Gibb with a photo of the Bees Gees on the occasion of their receiving the honorary Freedom of the Borough of Douglas in 2010. They are pictured with fellow Freemen Inkerman Faragher, the late George Chatel MBE, the late Sir Norman Wisdom OBE, Geoff Duke OBE and former Mayor of Douglas Michael Gelling