SUPERSTAR Sir Elton John could soon have a permanent presence in Northwood Hills.
Hillingdon Council is exploring the possibility of putting a bronze statue of the pop legend – who grew up in the area – outside the Tube station.
It is hoped the 66-year-old singer can be honoured as part of the Northwood Hills regeneration project.
Sir Elton is probably the most well-known and successful individual to come out of the area, and many local people are proud of his link with their community.
The council’s idea is still in the planning stages, and it is seeking permission from the singer before work can begin on the statue.
A heritage plaque honouring the star was unveiled in 2010 at the Namaste Lounge, the former Northwood Hills Hotel, where a young Elton played his first gigs, entertaining guests on the pub piano.
It is said he would endure drunken revellers pouring pints of beer into his instrument as he played, and received as little as £1 a night.
At the time of the plaque unveiling, rumours swirled that the Rocket Man would attend the ceremony, but they were unfounded.
Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, Sir Elton learned to play the piano aged three while living at his grandparents’ house, 55 Pinner Hill Road. He later lived with his mother and father at 111 Potter Street, next to Northwood School.
At the age of 15, after his parents divorced, he lived with his mother and stepfather at Flat 3A in Frome Court, Pinner Road.
It was there that he and wordsmith partner, Bernie Taupin, co-wrote their hits Your Song and Tiny Dancer.
Sir Elton was still living in the area when he found fame in 1969 with his first album, Empty Sky.