Memorial for Marmalade singer Dean Ford

Former frontman has a memorial plaque placed on a bench in his home town

Dean Ford (far left) and Marmalade

Dean, whose real name is Tom McAleese, was born in Airdrie but grew up in Coatbridge and loved spending time in Whifflet Park.

The request for the bench came from Dean's sister Liz Carson who now lives in South Africa.

She said: "Tom was born in Airdrie in 1945 but spent most of his childhood and early adulthood in Whifflet Coatbridge. When he became a professional singer he would often fly back to see our mother in Calder Avenue so needless to say both of us enjoyed many happy times in Whifflet Park."

Tom passed away suddenly on 31st December 2018 in Los Angeles and the Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser put a front page story on his life. He was a big celebrity in Coatbridge when his songs were top of the hit parade.

Dean Ford memorial plaque Liz added: "It's lovely to see that there is now be a permanent memorial in a place that meant so much to him. Tom's 75th birthday would have been on Saturday 5th September, therefore I feel it would be fitting to have my brother's plaque put on the bench at this time.

"Hopefully we can still commemorate him in the future with a dedication,  I would like to thank North Lanarkshire Council, local activist Jim McGinty and family friend Sandra Corbett who have been instrumental in getting us to this point."

Matt Costello, Community Partnership Manager, added: "It was great to engage with Tom's sister on this and its really good to see the plaque on the bench to commemorate such a successful musician from the area. 

"Hopefully, when current Covid restrictions allow we will be able to have a formal dedication which unfortunately had to be postponed."

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