Bob Marley & The Wailers' Last And Biggest London Concert Is Marked With A Plaque At Crystal Palace Bowl
On June 7 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers played what was to be their last, and said to their biggest, London concert at Crystal Palace Bowl. And it was also the first time London fans, some of whom were making their way home from the open air concert in the south London borough of Bromley, heard Bob Marley performing the unaccompanied last song of the night - 'Redemption Song'.
Last week, to mark the 40th anniversary of this historic concert, a Nubian Jak Community Trust blue plaque was unveiled on part of the steel-framed bandstand affectionately referred to by locals as the Rusty Laptop.
The plaque, which had the added feature of the Ethiopian/pan-African/Rastafari tri-colours painted on the edge, was officially unveiled by the Mayor of Bromley Cllr Hannah Grey, with special guests including Member of Parliament for Lewisham West & Penge Ellie Reeves, Crystal Palace Ward Councillor Angela Wilkins, Crystal Palace Park Trust Co-Chairs Phillip Kolvin QC and Martin Tempia, Friends of Crystal Palace Park representative Lucy Hopkins, and Nubian Jak CEO Jak Beula, in attendance.