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Alvin Stardust's former tour manager took time out to give the Chad a sneak preview of the exhibition honouring one of Mansfield's most famous sons.
We got a sneak preview into a new exhibition honouring one of Mansfield’s most famous home-grown stars which opens in the town this weekend.
Mansfield Museum is hosting the nine-week exhibition Stardust Memories, featuring evocative memorabilia from all stages of the late, great Alvin Stardust’s 50-year career. Alvin's former tour manager David Harness is helping to curate thousands of posters records and personal artifacts from Alvin's career and he took time out to speak to your Chad as the exhibition took shape, about the down to earth generous man he knew as 'Al'.
The exhibition opens on Saturday, September 22, with a special fan day, which will kick off at 11am with the official opening by Iris Caldwell and Alvin’s sons Adam and Shaun, before a tribute concert at Mansfield Palace Theatre in the evening featuring the Alvin Stardust Band and one of Alvin’s old friends, Nottinghamshire-based musician Vince Eager.
Liz Weston, museum curator and manager, said: “Whether people knew Alvin personally, are fans or simply like pop, we hope they’ll find plenty of interest in this intriguing exhibition.
“We were privileged to meet Alvin a few years back when he performed at the opening of Pop Goes Mansfield!, our exhibition about the local music scene.
“The audience loved him.
“He played free of charge and was one of the most open, friendly and downright grounded pop musicians you could meet.
“This sentiment and respect was reflected in the hundreds of affectionate comments in a book of condolences we placed in the museum after his death in 2014.”
The day will include a question and answer session with Iris, Adam and Alvin’s Band, as well as a screening of Alvin on This is Your Life.
A film of ‘Stardust Memories’ including messages from Peter Shelley, Pete Waterman, Mike Reid, DANIELZ from Trextasy will be shown.
Fans of the 70s’ pop scene can also meet Alan Williams from the Rubettes, while for a small donation to Prostate Cancer UK fans can be photographed with Alvin’s guitar.
There will be a raffle to win a piece of artwork by Stu Rutter.·
Stardust Memories runs at the Leeming Street museum from September 22 to November 17..
n Tickets for the concert can be booked at mansfieldpalace.co.uk or by calling 01623 633133.