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An update from Dwina: Headstone Robin Gibb

I want to update you on the progress on Robin’s headstone for his burial place in Thame. I am hoping that it will be completed by late May to commemorate the third anniversary of Robin’s passing, or in June for the anniversary of the funeral. It is also appropriate that “Saved By The Bell”, the collection of Robin’s early solo recordings, will released around the same time.

The photos here show the progress being made by Martin Cook, the award winning sculptor who has displayed his work at the Chelsea Flower Show where he achieved Gold Medal status. The headstone is known as Kilkenny Blue Marble: a very hard limestone from Kilkenny, Ireland. Robin was very fond of this stone and we have several sculptures in our garden made from this same rock, carved by Michael Cooper. It was Michael that recommended Martin Cook for the headstone.
Robin’s memorial headstone at Matin Cook's Buckinghamshire studio
Robin’s memorial headstone at Matin Cook’s Buckinghamshire studio

Robin is buried at St. Mary’s Church in Thame, which is a beautiful building, and previously a Royal Minster Church for Anglo Saxon Kings. It is a Grade 1 listed building, and there are many regulations governing the style of headstones in the church grounds to ensure that they are in keeping with the ancient building. Headstones are not usually decorated on both sides, but we have had permission to do this, and the decoration and words on reverse side of the headstone will be a tribute to Robin’s life as a Bee Gee.
Robin's headstone will be in the grounds of St Mary's Church, Thame
Robin’s headstone will be in the grounds of St Mary’s Church, Thame

We have taken the time to create something very special; I did not want to rush in creating this permanent memorial to Robin. I will let you all know when the headstone is ready, and the date for the ceremony.

Love from Dwina and family xx

© Robin


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