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Sex Pistols star Sid Vicious in line to receive blue plaque in Tunbridge Wells

By Kent Messenger reporter

Infamous punk rocker Sid Vicious is in line to receive an unlikely honour from Tunbridge Wells.

Vicious, real name John Richie, was a pupil at the town's Sandown Court school - now called The Skinners' Kent Academy - for three years between 1969 and 1971.

Infamous punk rocker Sid Vicious
Infamous punk rocker Sid Vicious

The bass player's name is among 32 famous former Tunbridge Wells residents nominated for a blue plaque.

Volunteers won funds from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for 20 of the plaques, which cost around £300 each.

Vicious died from a heroin overdose aged 21 in 1979 after being arrested over his partner Nancy Spungen’s death in New York.

Sex Pistol Sid Vicious
Sex Pistol Sid Vicious

Blue plaque organisers have defended the nomination of Vicious.

Alastair Tod, chairman of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society, told a national newspaper: "We're all prepared to argue the case if necessary.

'We would be prepared to defend the inclusion of any of the names on our list.

'It's only a longlist, though, and I think Sid Vicious is probably an outlier."

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