Official opening of ‘accordion man’ plaque in St Albans

Artist Mandy Reekie who designed the plaque and Melanie Wall who organised it. Photo credit: Barry Lang

Artist Mandy Reekie who designed the plaque and Melanie Wall who organised it. Photo credit: Barry Lang

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The official unveiling of a plaque which commemorates a beloved busker will take place on Saturday (3).

The Accordion Man plaque - designed by Mandy ReekieThe Accordion Man plaque - designed by Mandy Reekie

Paddy Delaney, an accordion player who busked at St Albans market for more than 30 years, died last year.

Following his death a petition was set up to install a plaque in his memory close to where he busked on Upper Dagnall Street, St Albans.

It received more than 1,000 signatures and a charity busking day last year raised £1700 to fund the plaque, which was installed recently.

St Albans Mayor, Cllr Frances Leonard, will officially unveil the plaque at 11am. She said: “One of the roles of a Mayor is to champion the city we live in, local charities, and events. The Plaque for Paddy campaign represents all of those things in bucket loads.

“I’m thrilled to officially unveil the plaque in honour of Paddy Delaney and the contribution he made to our city through music.”

Live music will take place at the Clock Tower until 3pm.

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