Walk of Fame honour for ‘Queen of Camden’ Amy Winehouse
'She is now here spiritually, and everyone who walks through Camden Town will see this and think of our beloved Amy'
05 March, 2020 — By Dan Carrier
Amy Winehouse’s parents and their partners at the Music Walk Of Fame event
SHE was a singer with a unique voice, a spell-binding talent crowned the “Queen of Camden” for her endless devotion to the area, however famous she became. It was of no surprise, then, that the founders of the new Music Walk Of Fame in NW1 have quickly found a place for Amy Winehouse.
Yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon, friends, family and fans gathered to see her stone unveiled near Camden Town underground station.
She follows The Who and Madness in receiving a prime place on a new Hollywood Boulevard-style trail which organisers hope to expand along the High Street.
Fans wait to see the ceremony and, below, Don Letts, Jessie Wallace and Big Narstie were among the guests
In an emotional unveiling speech, the Back To Black singer’s dad, Mitch Winehouse, reminded the crowds how after scooping five Grammy awards in 2008, she had been told at the awards ceremony that parts of Camden were hit by a serious fire.
The Hawley Wharf market area and The Hawley Arms, one of her favourite pubs, were alight that night.
“She got the news that the markets were burning down,” said Mr Winehouse.
“Her first thought was not about her five Grammys, but about her beloved Camden. She told the world about it from the stage. That is how much she loved this place. She is now here spiritually, and everyone who walks through Camden Town will see this and think of our beloved Amy.”
A statue of the singer stands in Stables Market and every year on the anniversary of her death fans head there or to Camden Square – where Ms Winehouse lived – to remember her.
She was just 27 when she was found dead in 2011.
DJ Don Letts, rapper Big Narstie and Culture Club’s John Moss were among the special guests at yesterday’s unveiling. “The fact she is gone still rocks me every day, but her music will live on forever, and forever is a very long time,” said Mr Letts.
Music journalist Phil Alexander told fans watching the unveiling: “I first met Amy wandering round Camden when I would walk up Parkway or go into the Hawley Arms. Today, wherever I am round here, she pops into my mind. She was ever-present in Camden. She was an integral part of the music scene here.”
Lynval Golding, of The Specials, remembered meeting Ms Winehouse on stage at the Bestival festival on the Isle of Wight, where his band had reformed to mark their 30th anniversary. He said: “We just hit it off. She was so wonderful and talented. She got up on stage with us and with no rehearsing showed us just how much talent she had.”
Tomorrow (Friday), Soul II Soul will be honoured at the Music Walk Of Fame near Inverness Street