Plans have been approved for a statue of John Bonham in his hometown

Redditch Borough Council’s planning committee has unanimously approved a plan to build a statue of John Bonham in the centre of his home town of Redditch.

Councillor Matthew Dormer told LedZepNews on the evening of October 11 that the planning committee had unanimously approved the plans for the statue. He said he thought the statue will be a “great thing” for Redditch.

John Bonham’s sister, Deborah Bonham, told the BBC that she was “absolutely thrilled” at the news.

She also reportedly said that all of the money for the memorial had been raised.

Here’s a photo of the planning committee during the meeting in which it decided to approve the proposal:

The decision means that plans to install the statue can now proceed. The planned unveiling of the statue will take place on May 31, 2018.

LedZepNews dug out the proposal documents in September and found images of what the planned statue will look like.

First of all, here’s where the statue will be located:

The area highlighted with the bold red line is Mercian Square in Redditch town centre.

And here’s what the sculpture, which has been designed by artist Mark Richards, will look like:

Here’s the back of the sculpture:

The memorial will be made out of bronze and covered in anti-graffiti paint. It’s estimated to weigh up to 2,500kg.

The application included images of a small-scale model of the proposed statue:

The planned installation of the memorial will take place overnight on the evening of May 30, 2018. And the application also suggested that a group named “Friends of the John Bonham Memorial” could be set up to help maintain the statue.

Additionally, the proposal suggested that a yearly “Bonham Bash UK” event could be held in Redditch on the weekend closest to Bonham’s May 31 birthday. It sounds similar to the Bonzo Bash event that takes place in the US every year.

Intriguingly, a Warner Music executive has written a letter in support of the statue. Tim Fraser-Harding, who lists his title as “President, Global Catalogue, Recorded Music” said in his letter to Redditch Borough Council that the statue’s unveiling would be part of “a series of high-profile events” held to mark Led Zeppelin’s fiftieth anniversary in 2018.

View the full letter from Fraser-Harding below:

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4 Comments on "Plans have been approved for a statue of John Bonham in his hometown"

  1. Awesome

  2. Thanks for the news! Please correct: it should be Redditch Borough Council, not Reddit Borough Council, at the beginning of the article. 😉

  3. I am now thinking about traveling to Redditch from Canada to visit the John Bonham Memorial. I would like to make the trip for the unveiling but if not for that date than certainly at some point in the future.

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