Jim Henson's Plaque Ceremony by KingRichard76
On Friday the 16th of October 2015, I boarded three trains to get me from my hometown of Southend on Sea all the way to Borehamwood and Elstree, this was always going to be a trip that was so much more, it was a pilgrimage to experience a very poignant moment that would be bestowed upon a true visionary and a Dreamer whom changed the World - Jim Henson.
Dressed in my Kermit onesie and tshirt whilst having my Kermit with me, as we pulled into Elstree and Borehamwood train station I whispered to Kermit "You're home." we departed and exited the train station like so many countless television/movie stars must have done years previous, dotted all around the station and right down Borehamwood high street there were tributes of every kind in honour of ALL the legendary stars of stage and screen who at one point or another have all worked at Britains answer to Hollywood #Fact :)
A black clothed structure on a beautiful piece of grassland with nice plants and trees around it signified that I'd found the place I was searching for had a quick peek under the cloth just to make sure and so there at Clarendon Park, just outside a VERY well known fast food restaurant and LITERALLY a stones throw away from the World Famous Elstree Studios stands the home to the plaque of Jim Henson, I'd got there a bit early and waited for the others to arrive, briefly chatted to the wonderful guy who designed the plaque (Mike) :), shortly the reporter from the local newspaper turned up and then a few minutes later we were joined by Louise (Muppeteer Extraordinaire) Gold :), Jocelyn (cocreator of Fraggle Rock) Stevenson, Martin G (Producer) Baker and Barry Wilkinson along with councillors of Elstree and the Mayor of Borehamwood and Elstree, Richard Butler as well as a Camera crew from the local University shooting this prestigious event for indelible posterity.
After Martin G Baker and Paul Welsh had finished one of their interviews, Martin was kind enough to sign some of the projects he had worked on, then a bit later a silence fell upon the hall and everyone listened to the interview that began with Martin and Paul with a suitably placed red curtain in the background, they both recounted stories of working with Jim and his wonderful family of Muppeteers and the "STARS" that had Guest starred on the Muppet Show, one interesting thing Martin did say (which I totally agree with) was about how Tescos (which used to be where many LEGENDARY soundstages once stood) should be replaced with Soundstages :)
meant to me, having met Frank Oz, Steve Whitmire, and of course Kermit and enjoyed the professional approach and excellent questions that were put to me.
Afterwards I asked if I could have a group shot with all of the crew which was lovely to have happen :)
The glass of red wine was much needed if anything to raise a toast to a man who created so much and to think it began with his Moms coat and two ping pong balls.
And so after saying my buhbyes to those still in attendance and thanking them for a wonderful time, I made my way back to Jim's plaque to take a few photos and spend some time alone thanking him (like I had done earlier when I was waiting for everyone to turn up) as a Spiritual person I was SURE I could feel Jim around me, especially at the plaque then kissed the plaque goodbye and walked down Borehamwood High Street almost tracing the same footsteps of legends of yesteryear got onto the first train out of Elstree and Borehamwoodwhilst Kermit waved buh bye.
My Heartfelt thanks go out to Supernova for letting me know about this. Elstree Project/Howard Berry for being so wonderful and informative, Tolkienerd and Marni Hill for appreciating this experience along with me, the camera crew, Martin G. Baker, Jocelyn Stevenson and of course the lovely Louise Gold :)
And finally Jim Henson and Kermit - thank you Jim & Kermit :) Xoxo