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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th March 1985 Actress Keira Knightley was born in Teddington, London.
26th March 1975 Tommy premieres in London
26th March 1973 Susan Shaw, is 1st woman in 171 years in London's Stock exchange
26th March 1924 The Premiere of Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan.
26th March 1874 Born today: Gerald du Maurier, London Engld, actor (Power, Escape, Masks and Faces)
26th March 1840 Born today: George Smith, London England, assyriologist (cuneiform (script))
The Ian Dury Bench
The location of the musical and solar Ian Dury memorial bench
Location: Poet's Corner, Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park
Description: Here is a solar-powered interactive musical bench to celebrate the life of rock musician Ian Drury.
The bench lets visitors plug in a set of headphones and hear eight of his songs, as well as an interview.
In 2001, 12 other musical benches were created for Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria.
At the time Mr Strichevic told BBC News Online: I have always been a fan of park benches and I remember when everybody used to use personal stereos.
When you see dedications on benches you wonder why people liked the places they used to sit at.
As well as being a singer, Dury was a songwriter, bandleader, actor and artist.
He was also known for his tireless charity work campaigning for Unicef to eradicate polio, which he suffered from as a child.
His single Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick sold one million copies in January 1979, but in the mid-1980s Dury's luck changed and he switched his attention to acting and painting.
In 1996, he was diagnosed as having cancer of the colon. After secondary tumours appeared on his liver he was told that the condition was terminal.
The bench is titled 'Reasons to be Cheerful' and doesnt appear to work very well any more. Perhaps they have fixed it by now.
Tagged in this Tour: 80's Music Legends Tour