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In 2008, during 'thecitywakes' festival (which ran from October 22nd-November 1st), Blue Badge guides from the Cambridge Tourist Board took Syd Barrett fans on tours around the city centre and to other nearby locations relating to Syd. These proved to be very successful.
Prior to these tours Stephen Pyle and Warren Dosanjh who had been friends of Syd and themselves had grown up in 1960s Cambridge were asked to conduct a couple of pre-emptive city centre tours for the guides themselves. These were to familiarise the guides with the 1960s music and social venues (many of which no longer exist) that Syd and other teenagers had frequented. Of course there are many stories and anecdotes from those days, many of which have never been told or put into print. Steve and Warren, who both knew Syd well - and equally as importantly - lived in those influential days of a change in youth culture, have undertook several tours since 2009.
The tours take in many of the most significant sites which were connected to the life and times of Syd and provide a fascinating and illuminating look at those early days which lead to the beginnings of Pink Floyd.
At the moment there are no further dates for this year but group bookings might be available for parties of 10-15 people with several options available.
11.00am meet outside 6th Form College (formerly the 'County) on Hills Road CB2 8PE
Walk to 183 Hills Road - the main Barrett family residence.
Roger Waters family home where his brother John still lives.
Morley Junior School where SB & RW were taught at different times by Mary Waters.
6 St Margaret's Square where Syd last lived and died.
Walk to the United Reformed Church Hall in Hartington Grove where Syd made his first public appearance in a one night only put together band - Geoff Mott & The Mottoes.
Taxis to the Blue Ball pub in Grantchester. Buy your own lunch and beer.
Walk through Grantchester Meadows to David Gilmour's family home.
Tour ends. Approximately 3+ hours in total.
Your tour guide is Warren Dosanjh - a 60s friend of Syd Barrett and David Gilmour. Memories, anecdotes, and untold stories.
Book by emailing Warren at email@example.com or phone: +44 1223 410435