New exhibition on 2 Tone music seeks public contributions

“The support we have received so far from band members, fans and industry experts has been incredible – however we would still like more contributions from fans.”

Curator Martin Roberts described the style as “a great aspect of Coventry culture that has gone all over the world”.

Submissions to the exhibition so far include a 2 Tone suit, Specials guitarist Roddy Radiation’s pork pie hat, a Fred Perry polo shirt and a Harrington jacket.

Back in 2019, there were calls from government to formally honour The Specials’ contribution to Coventry culture. Cllr Ed Ruane said the group should be “publicly recognised for putting Coventry on the map”.