The John Peel Centre For Creative Arts
Like many people my age, I grew up listening to John Peel (pbuh) on the UK’s national radio station, Radio 1. He opened my ears to entire genres I’d not only not heard before but had not even heard of before. His eclecticism was truly inspirational and his championing of totally obscure music is something very sadly lacking in today’s mass media industries.
So, I was very happy to hear about The John Peel Centre For Creative Arts.
The centre is an ambitious project to provide a lasting tribute to John’s life and career by creating a high quality, community-owned, arts centre in Stowmarket in the heart of Suffolk. An unused and decaying historic building is being brought back into use to create an inspirational environment that fosters the creative energy of local people and enables wider enjoyment of the arts.
The centre aims to see members of the community participate in pursuing their own artistic endeavours and supporting the efforts of others. It will also bring high-quality acts and performances to the area. The centre will also incorporate a memorial to the man himself. John’s widow, Sheila, is an enthusiastic and involved patron of the project.
Here’s a video about the project: