Marc Bolan's Teenage Dream

by rgbsimmons182 in London, England, United Kingdom

Marc Bolan's Teenage Dream

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Raising funds for a plaque celebrating Marc Bolan in Summerstown, where Mark Feld began his transformation into Britain's biggest pop star!

by rgbsimmons182 in London, England, United Kingdom

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We want primarily to fund the manufacture of a high-quality commemorative plaque. Additional funds will be used to promote the project, perhaps printing flyers or posters, a programme for the community event or a banner to advertise it.


'Marc Bolan's Teenage Dream' celebrates our area's connection with one of Britain's most iconic and best-loved musicians.

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In 1961, the Feld family moved across London into a small prefab home next to Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. Separated from his roots and friends in Stoke Newington, their 13 year old son Mark was thrust into an unfamiliar world in South West London. 

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His time in Summerstown was deeply formative, with teenage Mark finding his feet as an artist and songwriter busking on our streets. Within ten years, Marc Bolan was Britain’s biggest pop star and T.Rex were having the first of a string of Number One hits as champions of Glam Rock. 

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Although his original prefab house is gone, other key historical sites still exist. Mark busked at several nearby pubs, including 'The Prince of Wales’, which is now Tesco Express. The company have very kindly agreed to allow us to place the plaque on their building. 

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Funds raised will pay for the manufacture of a plaque with a little left over to promote a community celebration event. This will take place on Saturday 18th September at 2pm, when it will be unveiled by a very special guest. There will also be community speakers and live music to mark the occasion. 

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We will promote the initiative through walks and talks and visits to schools. We will work with local artists, charities and community groups, maximising publicity for a memorable unveiling event. Photos and videos of previous occasions can be seen on the Summerstown182 blog

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The 'Marc Bolan's Teenage Dream' initiative was the brainchild of community history champion Geoff Simmons and musician Jack Hardman. We believe the placing of a plaque will add considerable interest to our area and be something the whole community can take great pride in. 

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We’re proud to have had Marc and his family living amongst us and his memory - and music - lives on. The plaque will be a terrific addition to Marc's legacy and be somewhere that fans will want to visit and reflect upon. We hope many of them will enjoy hearing about 'Marc Bolan's Teenage Dream' and consider helping us raise funds towards our project. We'll be giving everybody a guided tour of the area on the big day but invite fans to visit Summerstown and Tooting anytime and perhaps follow this 'Marc Bolan's Teenage Dream' self-guided walk.  

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Summerstown182 is a volunteer organisation founded and lead by Geoff Simmons. We have made a notable impact in our community over the last eight years, promoting lesser known local history in engaging and creative ways. Our work has been recognised with a number of awards; Sadiq Khan's 'Community Hero' and three Civic Awards from Wandsworth Borough Council. We were fortunate in 2016 to receive support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

Let's make 'Marc Bolan's Teenage Dream' happen

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