Buddy Hully: Recreating famous Holly gig at ABC theatre (video)
HE looked over the audience from beneath his horn-rimmed Buddy Holly glasses during a rock'n' roll day of memories.
Tribute artist Dave Remblence sang at St Stephen's shopping centre to celebrate the real singer's appearance at the ABC Regal Theatre in 1958.
Dave performed on the spot where Buddy himself sang for fans to mark the 55th anniversary of the gig.
Dave said: "It's been amazing and I met so many people who had been to the gig and had the original tickets."
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"Buddy Holly was absolutely fantastic and he was the one who inspired so many big artists."
Dave is known as Bootleg Buddy and performs his shows across the country.
Shoppers stopped to watch the artist and tapped along to the famous tracks as they took a step back in time.
The cinema was demolished in 2004 to make way for a 40-acre development, including a shopping complex, housing, hotel and transport hub.
But the historical value has not been lost, because centre manager Jim Harris happens to be a true rock' n'roll fan.
Mr Harris said: "Dave is such a star, he's very talented. We had a few hundred people come and watch the show and they were all dancing away.
"There will also be a Blondie tribute on this weekend.
"We realise there are more significant dates and hope to bring a bit of nostalgia to the St Stephen's."