The meeting place of the original five members of The Zombies is set to be commemorated thanks to one super fan. A blue plaque is to be unveiled at the Blacksmith's Arms Pubs in St Albans on Friday April 27th, marking the spot where The Zombies first met back in 1961.
Fan Tony Dawson-Hill has spent the past year campaigning for a blue plaque to be erected in St Alban's, "I am a huge fan of The Zombies and have been ever since I first saw them live in '63 / '64 at the Ballito Stocking Factory in St Albans. The idea for the Blue Plaque came about because Rod Argent always tells the story of how all five original members of the band first met outside the Blacksmith's Arms pub in St Albans and my wife Gill suggested it would be a good idea to commemorate this momentous occasion with a blue plaque."
With the interest and help of local history and civic societies and St Albans Council, Mr Dawson-Hill approached the Stonegate Pub Company, the leaseholders of the Blacksmith's Arms. The chairman of Stonegate Pub Company very kindly agreed to pay for the plaque and the installation of it on the side of the Blacksmith's Arms.
The Zombies, original members Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Paul Atkinson, Hugh Grundy and Paul Arnold, formed in 1961 in St Alban's as school boys. Performing in and around the city The Zombies built a loyal following and in 1963 entered a local band contest competing to win a record deal with Decca Records. With the support of their local fans the band went on to win the deal and began recording and went on to release their first single "She's Not There", which became a worldwide smash.
The Blue Plaque marking the spot where The Zombies first met in 1961 will be unveiled on Friday April 27th at 2pm at the Blacksmith's Arms Pub, St Albans.