Watford Gap to display autographs

A book of celebrity autographs collected by a motorway services employee is to go on display at the former Blue Boar service station.

The motorway rest stop, between junctions 16 and 17 on the M1 in Northamptonshire, was so popular with travelling rockers over its 50-year history that Jimi Hendrix mistook it for a London nightclub as it was mentioned so often by his contemporaries.

Motorists stopping at the now Watford Gap services will get a chance to see the names of the famous faces that pulled off the motorway for a break on the way back from gigs up and down the country, when it goes on display.

RoadChef, the motorway services operator, paid £1,000 for the collection compiled by the late Beatrice England, who worked the night shift at Blue Boar.

The book includes signatures of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, The Eagles, Dusty Springfield and Sir Cliff Richard.

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