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Bob Marley’s Chelsea home gets blue plaque

BOB MARLEY has been honoured with an English Heritage blue plaque to mark the west London address where he and his band The Wailers lived in 1977.

The plaque, unveiled yesterday at 42 Oakley Street in Chelsea, had been delayed as the reggae star was not registered in phone directories or electoral registers — a common issue among historical figures from ethnic backgrounds.

Only four per cent of the 900 blue plaques in London are for black and Asian people. But English Heritage has been re-checking details of many ethnic minority figures and confirmed where the band recorded hit album Exodus.