THE 50th anniversary of a pioneering music venue that hosted bands like The Rolling Stones will be honoured with the unveiling of a plaque later this month.
The Ealing Club was a seminal blues and rock nightspot which acted as a hub for a host of up and coming musicians, including big names like Eric Clapton.
And a plaque honouring the club, organised by a heritage group of the same name, will be unveiled outside the club in The Broadway on March 17, exactly 50 years after it opened.
Alistair Young, club secretary said: “It’s fantastic that we’re going ahead with the unveiling. Hopefully the event will be the first of many that we can have in Ealing over the next few years.”
Mr Young said organisers spent the last year or so raising the £1,200 needed to pay for the plaque. He said the venture is intended to honour Ealing’s musical heritage but also has other ambitions.
“We’re doing this in order to encourage people to be proud of the area that they live in. There are a lot of musicians living in the borough so we would hope that this is something that they will benefit them as well.
“Hopefully this will encourage an emergence of more live gigs in the borough and more new venues for them to be held at.”
The Ealing Club, now The Red Room, was mentioned several times by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards in his recent autobiography, Life.
The borough has strong links to some of rock and pop’s biggest trailblazers, from The Rolling Stones though to The Who and The Jimi Hendrix.
Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury attended Ealing Art College - now West London University - and Jim Marshall invented his iconic guitar amplifiers in Hanwell, which he sold out of a shop on the Uxbridge Road.
The unveiling on March 17 at 1.30pm will be followed by an afternoon of live music at the Red Room.
The Ealing Club will also be hosting a talk at Ealing Central Library in The Broadway Shopping Centre on March 8.
You can also find out more about the group’s activities on Facebook by visiting the website www.facebook.com/ealingclub