David Bowie Memorial Petition Started

David Bowie is fondly remembered by many in Beckenham, where the singer grew up and began to stretch his creative wings.

Since his death on January 10th 2016, there have been calls for a permanent memorial from fans on both sides of the Atlantic.

A petition started on by ‘@Beckenham Website’ is asking Bromley Council to mark Bowie’s death with a statue or a memorial at Croydon Road Recreational Ground.

Bromley Council Deputy Leader Colin Smith has suggested renaming the bandstand after Bowie, which the council is currently raising money to restore.

Bowie moved to Beckenham in 1953 when he was six and played on the historic bandstand in ‘Bec Rec’, as it is known by locals, in 1969 as part of a one-day free festival he put on.

The artists that performed included some from Beckenham Arts Lab, an alternative arts centre co-founded by Bowie that convened at the Three Tuns pub on Beckenham High Street, now a Zizzi Italian restaurant.

Bowie is thought to have penned his breakthrough hit Life on Mars and many more of his well-known early work while living in Beckenham.

You can sign the petition, which has 3,853 signatures at the time of writing, at

Should there be a local memorial to Bowie? What would be a fitting tribute and where should it be located?

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