As we reach 80% of our crowdfunding target - and a HUGE thank you again to all of you that have helped so far - here's a throwback to where the campaign for a blue plaque to Bob Marley all began. Back in 2018 Stuart Wilson was walking through his local Crystal Palace Park, glancing at the open air stage and lake. In a flash of recognition, he suddenly realised this must have been the location of Bob’s legendary gig! A Facebook video was recorded calling for some commemoration of the event, which soon went viral and came to the attention of the Friends of Crystal Palace Park. Here Stuart picks up the story… I was already aware of the name ‘Crystal Palace’ before it ever became my home. As a massive Bob Marley fan and a Reggae historian, I had heard of this place because of pictures and clippings I had seen over the years, relating to a huge Bob Marley concert once held there. However, I had no idea that it happened in the very same park I had been jogging through for nearly two years! It was one day when my cousin took me to a part of the park where I had never been to before, that I recognized the stage location and the water from the iconic pictures of the event. It then dawned on me: “This must be the actual place of the Crystal Palace Bowl, Bob Marley Concert!” I was instantly transported back in time and my imagination went bonkers, just thinking that I was standing in the spot where this historic event took place. Showing a picture of the concert to my cousin, he remarked: “Wow! All of this time I have lived in Crystal Palace and did not know this was here,”. Right then and there I made up my mind that this was something that everyone should know. I thought this should be something that was commemorated with some kind of plaque, to identify the significance of the sight and what took place there, particularly one of Bob Marley’s last and certainly biggest shows in London. After returning home, I could not stop thinking about it and how important it was. I knew it would certainly add to the Park’s intrigue and historic reference and so I decided to start doing what I could with what I had. I took my phone and shot a video and posted the video on Facebook. The video caught the interest of the Friends of Crystal Palace Park, who then contacted me and we began to speak about the idea of having this history recorded for everyone to enjoy and appreciate. The Friends of Crystal Palace organization and their CP Concert Bowl team really took up the mantle after I sent them the video and a brief email as a follow up to our initial conversation. We are now hoping for an October Ceremony to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the concert. We have teamed with the Nubian Jack Trust to design a unique and appropriate commemorative plaque. The plaque will be blue ringed with the iconic Ethiopian/pan-African/Reggae colours of red, yellow and green and will be sited close to the open-air stage in the park, we have even received some funding from Island Records to assist with the Ceremony. I am so thankful to the Friends of Crystal Palace and their CP Concert Bowl team, as their tenacity and stick-to-it-ness has led to this finally becoming a reality.