TO celebrate the diamond year of British rock music, Ealing Broadway shopping centre is opening a Rock ‘n’ Roll Alley, a five-panel display installed by The Ealing Club.

From this Thursday (21), the exhibition will be located on the ground floor, next to Ride&Park in St Saviour’s Walk, via Town Square.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Alley will capture key moments of rock culture, to help inform Ealing people of West London’s rich musical heritage.

Visitors will be able to admire the display for the next 12 months and learn about the history of The Ealing Club, a formative venue for The Rolling Stones.

Originally located in a basement across the road from Ealing Broadway’s train station in 1962, the Ealing Club became a magnet for those who admired the sound of American blues musicians. 

Ealing also has connections to musical legends, including Dusty Springfield, Freddie Mercury and The Who.

Visitors will also be able to brush up on their musical knowledge with a new documentary film, Suburban Steps to Rockland - The Story of The Ealing Club, to be screened at The Ealing Project this summer.

Alistair Young, of the Ealing Club CIC, said: “As with Liverpool, Nashville and New Orleans, Ealing has a range of musical connections. Visitors can scan the QR code on the display to access The Ealing Club’s CIC website, which has more information on gigs in the area.”