Seeing that Belfast has George Best Airport and Liverpool has John Lennon Airport, last year I started a campaign to have Southend’s Airport named after the late great Dr Feelgood vocalist Lee Brilleaux.
Coincidentally Thames Delta which opened on Saturday at Southend’s Focal Point Gallery is an exhibition all about the south east Essex music scene that gave birth to such bands as the Feelgoods, Eddie and the Hotrods, Procul Harum, Depeche Mode and the Kursaal Flyers.
One of the artists involved with the project, Lucy Harrison, has put together an installation of called The Feelgood Collection made up of handmade tributes to the band ranging from tattoos (photographs of not the actual skin!) to the poster she designed for the Lee Brilleaux Airport Airport campaign, so I was delighted to accept Lucy’s invitation to come along to the shows launch.
Thames Delta will run up to 30 June, so if you are in the Southend area please go and have a look. The Focal Point Gallery can be found at Southend Central Library which is just around the corner from Southend Victoria railway station in Victoria Avenue .
In conclusion here are Dr Feelgood in their prime from 1975 from a show called the Geordie Scene, believe me once you get past the cake wielding idiot it’s worth it.