Shine on, Syd – Cambridge Pink Floyd Star Barrett to Get Blue Plaque In His Honour


Cambridge rock legend Syd Barrett is set to receive another posthumous plaudit.

The Pink Floyd founder member, who died in 2006, will have a blue plaque in his name unveiled in the city tomorrow (Thursday June 15).

The plaques commemorate people or places who have influenced the musical landscape across the country, and Syd’s will be installed outside the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University.

After growing up in Cambridge, the musician was a student there before going on to found the famous rock band.

Syd in Cambridge in 1965

The plaque is one of 47 awarded as part of BBC Music Day, a nationwide celebration of music in all its forms.

Listeners to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, which will be broadcasting live at the unveiling ceremony, cast their votes for a number of suggested recipients, and then BBC representatives and music industry experts whittled down the names.

Syd’s will be unveiled by members of his family including his sister and brothers. The event will be live on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire between noon and 3pm, on Jeremy Sallis’s Lunchtime Live show.

Syd pictured cycling in Cambridge

An artwork in the musician’s honour was also installed last year at the Corn Exchange.

David Harvey, editor of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, said: “Syd Barrett is one of the UK’s most iconic musicians of our time. It’s a real privilege to be honouring a true music legend and we’re going to do it in style, with a live broadcast from Anglia Ruskin University.

“We’ll hear from a singer-songwriter who, like Syd, studies at the School of Art and from a former band member who played with him at his last ever gig at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge. It will be a fantastic tribute to Cambridgeshire’s ‘Crazy Diamond’.

“There will also be musicians placed across Cambridge in key places who will play at the timed moment. It’s going to be a brilliant day.”

David Holdsworth, Controller of BBC English Regions, added: “It is hugely prestigious to receive a British Plaque Trust Blue Plaque – usually only around two are awarded each year.”


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