Coventry & Warwickshire

Jerry Dammers and Delia Derbyshire among those honoured in Coventry

Image caption Jerry Dammers and Ray King played together in the band Nite Train

The man behind the 2-Tone record label and The Specials, Jerry Dammers, was "touched" at receiving a plaque on the Coventry Wall of Fame at 2-Tone Village, an area of Coventry that is devoted to the city's musical heritage.

"It's great to see this place. It's amazing and I'm kind of a bit overwhelmed by the fact that this appreciation for 2-Tone music is still going on after all these years," he said.

The rare visit to his hometown was welcomed by many of the fans of his music, who descended on the cavern of shops, cafe and museum on Ball Hill in Coventry.

"I've got all sorts of memories, fond, un-fond, just about every kind of memory you could have of Coventry.

"It's touching though that this has been put together, this 2-Tone village to remember what went on," he said.

Former bandmate Neville Staple and Neol Davies of The Selecter were also there to celebrate the occasion, as was the high commissioner for St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Image caption Jerry Dammers also brought along several items as a gift to the 2-Tone museum

Musician and arranger Delia Derbyshire, who died in 2001 and musician Ray King were also honoured with plaques.

The event at 2-Tone Village was filled with memories and was a time for fans and friends to reminisce.

King, real name Vibert Cornwall, became known as a soul singer in the 1960s with the Ray King Soul band and he is credited with giving many 2-Tone artists their first break.

Doctor Who

At the ceremony, King, who still lives in Coventry, said: "It's wonderful meeting all the old stars and everyone who loved the music."

Dammers also recalled being in the band Nite Train with Ray King and Neol Davies, saying: "That was a creative core of 2-Tone. That's where Neol and I paid our paid our dues and learned the tricks of the trade."

Derbyshire famously arranged the Doctor Who theme tune at the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop.

She was born in Coundon, Coventry and was a pioneer of electronic music.

Her partner Clive Blackburn was at the ceremony to see her inducted in the Wall of Fame.

Others already honoured with a plaque on the Coventry Music Wall of Fame include Vince Hill, producer Roger Lomas and John Bradbury, drummer with The Specials.

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