Cheltenham Cemetery - 3rd July 2004

Fans meet up in Cheltenham on the 35th anniversary of the death of Brian Jones.

Once again, on 3rd July 2004 Fan Club members made the journey to Cheltenham to lay flowers on Brian’s grave and remember the founding member of the Rolling Stones' untimely death 35 years ago. The weather forecasters had predicted a typical English summers day, sunshine and showers expected with heavy rain developing from the west, but, nothing was going to dampen spirits as people arrived and laid their floral tributes on Brian’s grave. Many took the time to read all the dedications and comments on the cards accompanying the many floral tributes from others, including those from around the world who were unable to make the journey to Cheltenham.

Early arrivals included Jo Wood, Angela Andrews and Jane Hepworth who’d travelled down from Essex the previous evening and were in Cheltenham for the whole weekend. Old friends and regular visitors to the bi-annual reunions Margaret Peach, Christine Ledsom, Claire Newell, Tracey Simmons and Phil Vokins amongst others were chatting to Pat Andrews, Dick Hattrell and John MacGillivray as new members Ben Ingham, Gianna Sillani, John Knox, Vladimir Velikov and his teenage son Stefan (who’d made the trip from Sofia, Bulgaria) joined in the conversations too.

Before leaving the cemetery for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon in a local pub, everybody agreed that despite the developing gloom overhead and spatters of rain the atmosphere and turn-out this year was better than ever. A fuller, more comprehensive article on the 3rd July 2004 features in AfterMath # 4.