Remembering Desmond Dekker, Croydon’s should-be famous reggae star

Posted on May 31st, by Gareth Endean in Culture. 2 comments

Marley was the name, but Dekker opened the door. As the tenth anniversary of his death on 26th May passes, Gareth Endean commemorates the reggae star who chose to live in Croydon

On 31st March this year, Croydon mourned the passing of Ronnie Corbett, one of its most famous adopted sons. And we have just passed the tenth anniversary of the loss of another: Desmond Adolphus Darces, … Read More »

In life and death, was Samuel Coleridge-Taylor just a victim of racism?

Posted on April 7th, by Gareth Endean in Culture. 3 comments

Wheeled out for Black History Month, then forgotten again. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor deserves better, says Gareth Endean

Take a stroll down Charles Street, an otherwise unremarkable road in Croydon’s old town, and you’ll reach a curious sculpture depicting three of Croydon’s most famous residents. The figures, as voted for by the public, are the recently-deceased comedian Ronnie Corbett, celebrated actor Dame Peggy Ashcroft and composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

The … Read More »