Plaque tribute to composer Coates

THE DATE has now set for the official unveiling of a new plaque at a Hucknall house where famous composer Eric Coates spent his boyhood years.

The ceremony at Tenter Hill on Duke Street, which has been organised by the Hucknall-based Eric Coates Society, will take place on Saturday August 27.

The event will coincide with the 125th anniversary of Coates’s birth.

The plaque, on an outside wall of the building, is powder-blue and it states in white lettering that Coates became ‘the uncrowned king of light music’.

Another plaque on the same wall was unveiled by the composer’s widow, Phyllis Coates, in July 1961 — about four years after the composer’s death.

Tickets are now available for a concert, ‘Eric Coates And His Contemporaries’, which will be performed by the Boots Orchestra at the Central Methodist Church on Baker Street, Hucknall, on Saturday November 26.