'Portrait bench' marks new cycle route
Soul II Soul frontman Jazzie B has been honoured with a special ‘portrait bench’ at Finsbury Park bus station in London, near where he was born.
The bench is to mark the creation of a new walking and cycling route across Islington from Highbury Fields to Finsbury Park. As part of the project, locals voted for three famous locals to appear as life-size silhouettes on special portrait benches near the route. The winners were Jazzie B, suffragette Edith Garrud and health pioneer Florence Keen.
Jazzie B said: “It’s a fantastic project and it’s emotional to be honoured by the community I grew up in. Back in the day my first musical experience happened across the road, where Harvey’s record shop used to be. My hairdresser’s is over there and I was born at the end of Stroud Green Road. It’s just great to be here and I used to cycle round here too, so it’s really great to be supporting a local cycling scheme.”
Jazzie B – real name Trevor Beresford Romeo – formed Soul II Soul in 1982. The band scored their biggest chart hit in 1989 with the Number One single ‘Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)’. Jazzie B was awarded the OBE in 2008.