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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
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