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Street named after Coventry-born music pioneer Delia Derbyshire

Correspondent 6th Jun, 2017

A COVENTRY street has been named after the composer from the city who wrote the Doctor Who theme tune and is celebrated as a pioneer of electronic music.

Street signs marking the new Derbyshire Way – named after Delia Derbyshire – have been unveiled.

The street is located at a new The Brambles homes development at Blackberry Lane, Coventry

Music historian and founder of the Coventry Music Museum, Pete Chambers, and city councillor Linda Bingham, joined Bellway Homes staff for the unveiling.

The name was suggested by pupils at Lyng Hall School.

Delia, born in the city 80 years ago this year, is known for her work with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in Maida Vale, London, where she would create music for almost 200 TV and radio programmes.

Mike Kelly, managing director for Bellway’s South Midlands division, said it was a fantastic way to mark Delia’s achievements.

He said: “We always look to take inspiration from the communities in which we build when it comes to naming our developments and streets, and this is a brilliant way of paying tribute to one of the city’s most talented people.

“The Doctor Who theme tune is probably one of the most recognisable TV theme tunes ever, and even today, over 50 years after it was created, everybody knows what it is as soon as they hear it, which is quite phenomenal when you think about it.

“We were delighted to be joined by Pete and Councillor Bingham to mark the unveiling of the sign here, and hope this will be a permanent tribute to a fantastic talent, which the city of Coventry is very proud of.”

Bellway South Midlands is building 176 new homes at The Brambles.

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