Rock memorabilia destroyed in Camden blaze

NME photographer was regular exhibitor at Hawley Arms

Unique signed prints of The Libertines and Razorlight were destroyed in the fire that tore through Camden last night (February 9).

Renowned rock’n’roll watering hole The Hawley Arms was severely damaged in the blaze, including much of its music memorabilia.

NME photographer Andy Willsher had staged two exhibitions in the pub, including one depicting pub regulars Razorlight.

Willsher said: “It made sense to stage the Razorlight exhibition at the Hawley because it was the band’s favourite drinking den. On some nights it felt like the centre of the music industry. There were unique prints on the wall that were signed by The Libertines, Razorlight, Dirty Pretty Things and ‘The Mighty Boosh’, which I guess have been destroyed.”

He continued: “I feel terrible for the people who run the place. They were always really helpful, and massive music fans.”

Hawley landlady Ruth Charles-Ridler told BBC News she was “devastated.” She said, “everyone I’ve spoken to is in complete shock.”

The pub had become infamous in the press recently as the local hangout of Amy Winehouse.