May 15th. 2015
Marion: In the latest mail I received from Dwina she mentioned again the beautiful headstone of Robin.
Parts of her mail to me for GSI:
© Gibb Family click photo to enlarge
The headstone is finished at last after hundreds of hours of work.
It was an emotional moment for us to see it ready and placed. We hope that family, friends and fans will appreciate the thought and work that has gone into it.
Maxwell witnessed it being put into the ground and played with some of the photos of Robin and little angels and birds that fans had put on the grave.
We will have a special blessing later, but we were anxious to have the stone there before the third anniversary. It is decorated on both sides and has writing on the edge: Our Songbird Has Flown.
Ribbons of some chosen songs are carved on the west side, and the east side has special Celtic writing for the name.
We chose a simple carving of Saint Cecilia the Patron Saint of Music above Robin's name because Robin visited her tomb in Rome and carried a small stone from there in a tape box for many many years.
Everything about the stone has special significance to the Gibb family, and we are proud that it will be there for centuries to represent Robin's wonderful creative loving soul.
May 13th. 2015
Robin's headstone has been placed.
A very emotional day for the Gibb Family as today Robin's headstone has been placed.
He and his music will always stay in our hearts.
Thanks to the Gibb Family for sharing these photos.
copyright: Gibb Family.
April 27th. 2015
An update from Dwina:
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.
left: Robinís headstone will be in the grounds of St Maryís Church, Thame
right: Robinís memorial headstone at Matin Cookís Buckinghamshire studio
March 9th. 2015
Today I received this letter from Dwina Gibb.
This is to all the fans out there.
We wanted to let friends and fans know that at last we have had all the
permissions for a very special headstone for Robin and we have been assured
that the ground has now settled enough to erect the headstone. Special
permission was also granted to carve both the front and the back of the
headstone. The stone is Kilkenny Blue Marble, which is a very hard
limestone rock that is quarried in Ireland. It was especially chosen by the
Gibb family and the gold medallist sculptor and stonemason: Martin Cook.
Martin is currently spending hours and hours carving the stone. We had
originally thought of Welsh slate from the mines that Robin and I had
visited, but St. Mary's Church is a Grade One listed Church, thought to have
been originally an Anglo Saxon Royal Minster, with special rules and
regulations. Slate is forbidden, but the stone we have now, has been
allowed. Robin originally chose the Kilkenny Blue stone for sculptures in
our garden that were carved by Michael Cooper. So this type of stone has a
connection with the family already.
We apologise to friends and fans for the long delay but we wanted something
very special and we had to be very patient in order to achieve it.
If fans wonder where some of their gifts and tokens go that are placed on
the grave... sometimes we have to remove them when it is overflowing with
gifts, but we keep all of them and place them inside the special Memorial
Chapel in our grounds. The Chapel is a shrine itself, filled with letters,
drawings, gifts and prayers for Robin. Thank you for your own patience,
your wonderful support and show of love.
I have included two photos of the sculptor Martin Cook at work on the roses
for the front of the stone.
With all good wishes and love to everyone,
Dwina Gibb ***
Martin Cook at work on the roses.