Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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The stars fall on Stockton

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

People from across Stockton Borough have selected five acts to be immortalised in Stockton Town Centre.

The Bee Gees, Norman Wisdom, Ken Dodd, T-Rex and local band the Blue Caps will join ten other acts in a spectacular piece of artwork installed in the pavement outside The Globe Theatre.

“STELLAR: The Stars Fell on Stockton” is Stockton’s very own version of the Hollywood style walk of fame. It will see spotlights etched with a portrait of the Globe’s past performers surrounded by colourful LED strips.

In March it was announced that ten of the positions would be occupied by Buddy Holly, Cliff Richard, Ike & Tina Turner, Morecambe & Wise, Roy Orbison, Shirley Bassey, Status Quo, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Tom Jones.

During the last two months members of the public have been nominating acts who performed at The Globe to complete the line-up. Through the voting it emerged that the Blue Caps should be remembered alongside some of the biggest recording artists of the 1960s and 70s.

The Blue Caps formed in the late 1950s and were the only Stockton-based band to ever perform on the stage at the town’s iconic Globe Theatre. They played at the Globe eleven times along with other major theatres and night clubs across the North-East, supporting various acts ranging from Brenda Lee to Freddie and the Dreamers and Georgie Fame.

They may not have had national success but in Stockton and across the North-East the Blue Caps fabulous live performances led them to become a household name.

Original member of the Blue Caps, Eric Whitehouse, said: “We are chuffed to bits to have secured a place within the Stellar artwork and would like to thank the people of Stockton for remembering us half a century later. The Blue Caps have fond memories of The Globe and it was a fantastic stepping stone for us – performances there led to the band performing in cabaret at Club Fiesta with the likes of Brenda Lee and Frankie Vaughan, and Redcar Jazz Club with the likes of Long John Baldry, who included us in his band with Rod Stewart and Reg Dwight.

“I personally voted for Lonnie Donegan who started the "beat boom" and then my son, Bruce, mentioned that the Blue Caps would be eligible. We thought being included in the artwork would be a fitting tribute to Mick Kemp, Howard Rayner and Peter ‘Pedro’ Thompson who have sadly now passed on. They inspired many local musicians of today.”

Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Ken Dixon, said: “Stockton has such a rich history and heritage and The Globe is a big part of that so it's really important that we continue to remember and celebrate the impact it has had on Stockton Town Centre.

“This artwork will help us record part of the Globe’s history so it can be remembered for many future generations. I’m delighted that the Blue Caps received so many nominations. They are much-loved by the people of Stockton and by securing a place in the Stellar line-up they are making this latest piece of artwork unique to the town. They certainly captured people’s imagination when the Globe was in its heyday so it is fitting that they are part of the Stellar.

"We are working hard to improve the town centre and the creation of artworks like this will not only improve the look and feel but will also help to attract even more visitors.”

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