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Stonegate Pub Unveils Plaque For Pop Legends

The Blacksmith’s Arms in St. Albans, part of the Stonegate Pub Company estate has unveiled a special blue plaque to commemorate world famous 60s band, the Zombies. The band, who were responsible for hits such as “She’s not there”, “Tell her no” and “Time of the season” originally met outside the pub over half a century ago.

Around 200 people turned up for the unveiling including four of the band’s original members; Gary Cowles, Operations Director from the Stonegate Pub Company who funded the plaque and Zombies fan, Tony Dawson-Hill who was the driving force behind the plaque.

Tony Dawson-Hill said: “I’ve been a fan of the Zombies since I first saw them play in the Sixties. Rod Argent, one of the original members of the band always tells the story of how the five original members first met outside the Blacksmith’s Arms, so my wife and I thought it would be a great way to celebrate and commemorate the Zombies. I contacted Ian Payne, Chairman of the Stonegate Pub Company to see if they would be willing to fund the plaque and he very kindly agreed. We’re delighted that this fantastic band, who have bought me and many others some great memories and moments through their music, have been honoured in this way.”