Plaque: BBC Television Centre - Thora Hird
Dame Thora Hird DBE, 1911 - 2003.
BBC and the Heritage Foundation
Site: 24 plaques at BBC Television Centre (24 memorials)
W12, Wood Lane, BBC Television Centre - Star Terrace
The plaque on the brick wall in the picture reads: The BBC Star Terrace, "Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love" Sylvie Dee.
Dee wrote the words to the Morecambe and Wise theme song. Eric and Ernie are two of the 24 names commemorated here on plaques installed by the Heritage Foundation in cooperation with the BBC. The plaques, distributed randomly across this terrace, form part of the audience engagement while waiting to enter TV studios. Originally a history trail was planned at BBC TV Centre featuring major talent both in front of and behind camera but this was not pursued once it was clear that TVC would close. Each plaque carries an image of clapping hands - a celebration of the links between audience and BBC talent. As of 2012 the building is up for sale.
We are grateful to Alison Kelly at the BBC who give us access to photograph the plaques and provided the information above.
The question remains of what will happen to these plaques when the building is sold. 2012 and we learn the plans for the memorials from the Blue Peter Garden - Salford.