Blue plaque for Ronnie Barker

On his childhood home

A blue plaque is to be put up on the Oxford home where Ronnie Barker grew up.

Rules were bent to allow the comedian to be honoured, as the Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board normally waits 20 years after a prominent person's death until installing any memento.

Barker died aged 76 in 2005, but board members felt it would be wrong to wait any longer.

He lived at 23 Church Cowley Road from 1935, when he was five, until the late Forties. He returned to Oxford in 1951 to join the Playhouse company, where he developed his talents as an actor.

The blue plaque will be unveiled tomorrow by Oxford's Lord Mayor.

Published: 28 Sep 2012

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