2-TONE @ 30

Market and Albany Road Event

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The 3rd plaque,

Another plaque unveiled

The  third Two Tone At 30 plaque unveiled.The setting was 51 Albany Road in Earlsdon, Coventry, which was the flat of Jerry Dammers and is hailed as the birth place of Two Tone. Guests at the event which was organised in association with Coventry Music historian Pete Chambers were Lynval Golding and a very late Charlie Anderson. Selecter members Gaps and Aitch also attended.

The plaque was again made by Coventry firm Harris Signs and is sponsored by Pete and Julie Chambers.

Lynval and the plaque

My Coventry Telegraph Backbeat column- a Market Day preview


ACE FACE CLOTHING provided the fashion show
Click on the photo of Braxton to see their amazing tonic suits

A true 2-Tone family day out


More photos of the Plaque ceremony by John Coles

More photoss of the 30th Birthday party by John Coles

On 27th March
The third 2-Tone plaque will be unveiled at "The Birthplace of 2-Tone", 51 Albany Road.
On28th March

Celebrate Walt’s 30th Birthday Bash at Coventry Market

Part of 2-Tone@30 in association with Pete Chambers

On Saturday March 28th, Coventry Market will be hosting a ‘Special’ party to celebrate 30 years of 2-Tone and the famous 2-Tone man Walt Jabsco.

Late March 1979 saw the Independent Rough Trade release of that very first 2-Tone single ‘The Special AKA Gangsters V The Selecter’ a few months later it had been picked up by Chrysalis Records and it was a top ten hit for The Specials, The Selecter and the 2-Tone Record label. What followed was an amazing journey for Coventry, The Specials, The Selecter, The Beat and Madness and not forgetting Walt Jabsco.

To celebrate ‘THE BIRTH OF 2-TONE’, Coventry Market in association with Pete Chambers, will be turning the clock back 30 years in a black and white two tone kind of a way.

         Ace Face Clothing, the guys who have made the tonic suits the Specials will be wearing on tour next month, will be showing off their amazing designs on the catwalk

         Special Lynval Golding will be our guest of Honour at the Market, and we may even persuade him to ‘model’ his new Prince of Wales Check suit.

         Many other 2-Tone guests are expected

         2-Tone City Clothing are giving us a pre-launch fashion show, with an appearance of Steve ‘Cardboard’ Eaton the face of the First Selecter album.

         Stand by for the Best rude boy and rude girl competition, come in your best 2-Tone mod- rude boy- skin head clobber and you may just win a prize

         Giveaway prizes for those who dare to dress in black and white

         Don’t miss the opening of the new 2-Tone Heritage Stall, including some genuine 2-Tone platinum, gold and silver discs and much much more.

         Check out 2-Tone jewellery from ‘Hole’, and a book signing from  Mr. 2-Tone himself Pete Chambers, then there’s a chance to buy some of John Coles famous 2-Tone photographs.

         Did I mention a huge slice of ‘ska’ music, well of course, how could we have a 2-Tone day without the music.

         Look out for Walt Jabsco on your travels around the market he’s promising to make an appearance.

         Ben Sherman

Video of event from Covsupport

My review of events on BBC Coventry & Warwickshires Website

Coventry Mad plaque coverage

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire preview

Coventry Market

Incredible 2-Tone jewellery from Julia Gandy

The All or Nothing Scooter Club

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