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BBC Music Day brings Alfie Boe home to Fleetwood

Wyre Council, Marine Hall, Alfie Boe, Michael Ball, BBC Music Day
Michael Ball, Mayor of Wyre Alice Collinson and Alfie Boe at BBC Music Day
Published Thursday, 15 June 2017

Local music legend, Alfie Boe came to the Marine Hall today in honor of BBC Music Day, where he was awarded one of 47 plaques dedicated to music heroes across the country.

BBC Radio Lancashire’s Blue Plaque commemorated the Marine Hall in Fleetwood where internationally renowned tenor and musical theatre star Alfie Boe made his first appearance aged 14.

The plaque was unveiled inside the seafront art deco theatre by Boe’s friend and collaborator, singing star Michael Ball.

Alfie commented: “Fleetwood is a beautiful place to grow up. It’s a solid, strong town that sets you up in good stead for life. You always come home to Fleetwood eventually.”

"Amazing isn't a big enough word to describe this honour," he said. "It's great to see all these people, friends and family - actually I'm feeling really torn as there's so many people here."

He added that the plaque had extra meaning, as Alfie was named after his dad, adding: "He's not here, but it's also his name up on that wall."

Chief Executive of Wyre Council, Garry Payne, commented: "The day was absolutely fantastic and listening to Alfie, it was clear how much he loves Fleetwood. The recognition today with a blue plaque at Marine Hall where his career first began is something that we can all be proud of."

Born in Blackpool in 1973, Alfie Boe grew up in Fleetwood, where he dreamed of a career as a singer.  He made his first public appearance aged 14 at the Marine Hall in a "Songs from the Shows" presentation organised by a local singing teacher.  He is now one of the UK’s finest tenors, acclaimed in both his operatic roles and in stage roles such as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.  A hugely successful recording artist, Boe has achieved platinum album sales in the UK and four top ten album placings.

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