Plaque and guitar put up in Dundee pub to remember bassist John

A plaque and guitar have been put up in a city pub in memory of a local musician.

John Henderson, from Mid Craigie, died last August after a six-month battle with cancer.

The father-of-five was a well-known face on the city’s music scene, having played bass in a number of bands for more than 30 years.

His widow Aileen said she was “delighted” when the owners of Number 57 approached her.

She added: “The plaque and guitar are up on the wall, right next to where he used to stand. I had the plaque engraved to say ‘let’s blaw the windees oot’ — that was one of John’s favourite sayings.”

Aileen said all of John’s family attended the unveiling of the plaque on Saturday, including his five daughters and his grandchildren.

John’s widow Aileen (centre) with daughters Candice, Amy, Ellie and Chloe, and Number 57 bar owner Charlie Sylvester

She added: “They wanted to be here to make it a special event — it was just a fantastic celebration of his life.”

John played with several local bands, including Atomic Grape, Inca Rhods, Decca Dance, The Dancing Bears and Bedrock.

The remaining members of Bedrock performed on Saturday.

John Henderson

John also toured parts of Europe and America with Alex Lowe, the former front man with the English indie band Hurricane #1.

Aileen said: “It’s been a difficult few months dealing with his death but all his old music pals have been amazing.

“Loads of them have been in touch and visited to see how I’m doing. It’s helped me a lot in terms of dealing with his death.

“John was so well-known and well-liked in Dundee. I don’t think I really knew how well-known he was.

“There were more than 400 people at his funeral.

“I think it was then that I realised just how popular he was — we couldn’t really believe it.

“Number 57 was one of his favourite venues.

“Even when he became terminally ill, he’d go down for a wee drink and play a few songs if he was in the mood.

“He had to give up playing when he was quite ill but he still liked to play a few songs. And the wake was more like a party after the funeral because John didn’t want anyone moping about — he wanted it to be a celebration of his life.”

John’s five daughters — Candice, 30, Chloe, 25, Nadine, 24, and twins Amy and Ellie, 20 — are set to run the Dundee Pretty Muddy 5k in July to raise money for Cancer Research UK in honour of their dad.

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