Hendrix festival memorial saved

A memorial to rock legend Jimi Hendrix has been saved after winning the approval of councillors.

A memorial to rock legend Jimi Hendrix has been saved after winning the approval of councillors.

The bronze statue was erected at Dimbola Lodge Museum, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, to coincide with last year’s Isle of Wight Festival.

However it faced the axe after it was discovered that the statue had fallen foul of the Isle of Wight Council because planning permission had not been sought before it was put up.

But now a retrospective application by the museum’s owners and the charity Planning Aid was last night approved by the local authority allowing it to remain.

The design of the statue was inspired by a photograph taken at the 1970 festival – Hendrix’s last gig before he died a month later.

And it was placed in Dimbola Lodge because of its closeness to the site of the legendary festival.

The event, with co-stars The Who, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davies, Free, Leonard Cohen, Joan Baez, and The Moody Blues, attracted more than 500,000 hippies and led to the event being banned for many years.

Hendrix fan Tony Jacobs said: “The statue is already very popular with Hendrix fans the world over and it would have been a tragedy if it had been pulled down.

“It is a beautiful memorial to remember Jimi by and so fitting that the great man overlooks the site of one of his and music’s greatest moments.”

Dagmar Hutt, coordinator for Planning Aid, which provides free advice for people with planning problems, said: “This is fantastic news for Jimi Hendrix fans as well as being a very sensible decision by the council. We were delighted to help.”

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