WATCH: ELO star Kelly Groucutt honoured with blue plaque at Black Country house where he grew up

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Fans joined family and friends of Electric Light Orchestra star Kelly Groucutt at the unveiling of a commemorative blue plaque outside the Black Country house where he was born and brought up.

His children, Jenny, Robin, Chris and Steve, were also there to watch as Dudley Mayor, Councillor Margaret Aston, performed the honours and then spoke of their love and respect for the bass player and vocalist who died of a heart attack in 2009.

A quarter peel of bells rang out from nearby Christ Church where he was christened for 45 minutes to mark the occasion that drew such a large crowd that Gough Road, Coseley, had to be closed in both directions during the ceremony.

His sister Mrs Pamela Whale, aged 74, from Upper Gornal said: "It is a magic moment to see his work and music recognised." His brother John Groucutt, 72, added: "He was known throughout the world but never forgot where his roots were."

Another brother Tony, aged 75, said: "His first band used to rehearse in the cellar and made so much noise the ground shook. I used to warn him that one day they would have to close the road because of him and now they have."

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