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July 2004
The final encore
Frank Robinson as painted by Debbie Boote
Frank Robinson - AKA Xylophone Man - as depicted by Debbie Boote

The funeral of Frank Robinson has taken place (14th July 2004).

The council now says they'll think about a lasting memorial.

How should we remember Frank?


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Xylophone man was Frank Robinson.

He busked in Nottingham's city centre for nearly 15 years.
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We've been pretty surprised at the amount of tributes that have flooded in since the death of Frank Robinson.

Julie Dukes created BBC Radio Nottingham's floral tribute in the shape of a xylophone
Julie Dukes created BBC Radio Nottingham's floral tribute in the shape of a xylophone.
The xylophone floral tribute
The xylophone floral tribute.

One thing is for sure - the people of Nottingham are demanding a lasting memorial to the busker known to most as Xylophone Man.

Christopher and Frank

Two weeks before Frank died I was in Nottingham with my girlfriend and I introduced her to Frank and we chatted about how he had been there (outside former C&A, which is now a big chain store here in Spain by the way) since I was a little lad. Anyway, she took the attached photo of Frank and me, which as it happens was my last opportunity to do so. Christopher Goodall Short (Málaga – Spain)

It seems pressure might be having an affect. The leader of Nottingham City Council, Cllr Jon Collins, says there will be a civic memorial to the man. As yet nothing definite has been agreed.

But plenty of ideas have been suggested by the people of Nottingham, ranging from statues, naming a tram or a street after him, creating a wind chime, building a giant xylophone that children can play.

Artist Debbie Boote is planning to sell her painting of Frank as a limited edition and we've had cartoons of the man as well.

Frank Robinson
Frank Robinson © Debbie Boote

If you have any images of Frank we could include in a gallery, send them here.

Read an interview with the man.

audioXylophone man tributes

What kind of memorial should there be to Frank Robinson and who should pay for it?

A tribute to Xylophone Man

What kind of memorial should there be to Frank Robinson and who should pay for it?




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