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The Heath Hotel & Wolfe

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Neol and Silverton (right), do the honours
Photo by John Coles

Dub Jam Force and Neol Davies, at the Wolfe
Photo John Coles

The Tones
Photo John Coles

The Heath Hotel (Now The Wonder Years Day Nursery), Foleshill Road, got the 2-Tone plaque treatment on Friday 9th November.  The ninth 2-Tone plaque was unveiled there by the original Specials drummer Silverton Hutchinson and Selecter front-man Neol Davies. The Heath Hotel was the very first venue the Specials (The Automatics in those days), ever played a gig. This was October 1977 and they supported punk bands Urban Blight, Certified, The Wild Boys and The Squad. The Squad included Terry Hall and the Wild Boys Roddy Byers, both would soon become members of the Specials. Silverton was happy to be back at The Heath, and still recalls that first gig there, “Our vocalist  at the time Tim Strickland” he said, “Always held the lyrics in his hand, as he could never remember them”.    2-Tone @ 30 organiser Pete Chambers said, There is a school of thought that the band were known as the Hybrids at the time, but  Specials creator Jerry Dammers phoned me just before the event and  confirmed that they were definitely The Automatics. Jerry wanted to thank the land lord and land lady of the Heath from those days, for allowing the band to practice and finally play the venue. Jerry recalls that first gig his keyboard wouldn’t fit on the stage and he played it in the audience facing the band”.

The plaque event was followed by a gig at the iconic General Wolfe, featuring young band the hotly tipped Tones and the powerhouse dub-punk band Dub Jam Force, who delivered a explosive set, with special guest Neol Davies of the Selecter and DJ Steve ‘Cardboard’ Eaton was spinning the ska.

Covsupports video of the event


John Coles master photographer, many of his photos are on this site

Without these guys 2-Tone @ 30 would not
have been possible.

Pete Chambers is proud to wear Ace Face Tonics

Huge thanks to Derek Harris and Harris Signs Group for making and installing the plaques