The idea was briefly introduced two years ago, when 50 plaques went on display for just three days across the Devon city.
Since then, local artist and creator Kate Entwistle has expanded the project with grassroots funding set up to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s maiden voyage and support from Plymouth City Council, The Box, Plymouth Culture and Vital Sparks.
Cllr Mark Deacon, Plymouth City Council’s cabinet member for customer services, culture, leisure and sport, said: “This is a wonderfully popular project and it succeeds in making art available to everyone in Plymouth.
“We want to celebrate everything that’s great about our city, this includes our people and our places, pink plaques do both!”
Clive is an enthusiast, committed and generousTheatre Royal Plymouth
It’s not the first time Clive has been honoured locally, having been named on Plymouth’s Happy List in 2019.
The Big Issue vendor specifically requested to sell the magazine outside the theatre after falling in love with acting when he was given free tickets to a show.
Selling the magazine on the pitch has allowed him to leave his life of rough sleeping and addiction behind while he has become increasingly involved with the theatre’s programmes.
Clive is a pivotal member of the Theatre Royal’s Our Space programme that works with adults with multiple and complex needs and has become a familiar face in shows at the theatre.
The group is working on a new show which he is hoping to debut at the end of the year now Covid restrictions have allowed theatre shows to return. Clive has also been turning his attention to comedy writing while taking a short break from The Big Issue.
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“I’m a Big Issue ambassador at the moment and I’m just taking a little break. I want to give someone else a little chance to sell the magazine on that pitch,” Clive added.
“For somebody else who would like to take it on they will be able to see it’s really good fun and enjoy it.”
A spokesperson for Theatre Royal Plymouth told The Big Issue: “Alongside Clive’s usual vendor work, he has also been involved with TRP through the Our Space and Project X projects for many years now. He is an enthusiast, committed and generous, often volunteering at other events and is a great ambassador for the engagement work we do at TRP.”