Wilko’s local honours him on sign
Sign of the times: Wilko outside the pub
Wilko Johnson’s portrait has been added to the signage of his local pub.
The Railway Hotel in Southend now features an image of the terminally-ill guitarist, who refused chemotherapy after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Johnson tells the BBC: “Over the last year I have become a bit of a regular – and, believe me, it’s a good place to be.
“I love the Railway Hotel. This thing they’ve done, putting my mush up outside, well, what can I say? What an honour – immortality!”
Landlord Dave Dulake says: “Everybody seems chuffed to bits. Wilko sums up the spirit of the place, the way he’s taken the news of his illness.”
Johnson last week confirmed a series of festival appearances over the summer, despite fearing he’d played his last shows after being forced to cancel the last dates of his farewell tour. The first of his new shows is at the Cornbury Festival in Oxforshire on July 7.
He’s been working on a final studio album and a live DVD is due for release soon.