We, like millions of others, were huge fans of Amy Winehouse and enjoyed the occasional sighting of her round the manor, whether at Bar Tok (now Joe’s), Marathon, the Hawley or Proud.
And so we were intrigued to read today in the Camden New Journal about the possibility of erecting a bronze statue in the Roundhouse. Father Mitch mentioned the subject this week while attending the London Irish Centre in Camden Square to launch a project supporting Irish migrants in Camden.
‘It will be bronze, life-size, and on the first floor balcony,’ he said. ‘What we’d like is Amy leaning over the balcony and looking, perhaps pointing towards Camden Town and Chalk Farm Road.’
Mitch also added that they had wanted to have a bench in her memory outside her house in Camden Square, ‘but there are so many hoops you have to jump through to do that, planning permission for one.’
As readers will know, we are fans of a well-conceived memorial bench, so surely one in the leafy gardens is the answer? It could be, in theory, a tranquil place to contemplate. Ian Dury’s family put a solar-powered one in Richmond Park, after all, where you can sit, plug in headphones, and listen to his hits. But would a bench dedicated to Amy be simply too much of a tourist magnet for the residents?
Or how else could Amy be commemorated?