Making a noise for Jim, The Father of Loud

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Incredibly, five years have passed since the world lost Jim Marshall, who passed away on April 5, 2012.

But the world is not quieter without him – quite the opposite.

The founder of the iconic Marshall Amplification brand ensured that music got louder when guitars were plugged into his amps.

And at 12.30pm on April 5, things will get noisy at the MK Rose in Campbell Park, in his memory.

Tributes will be paid in music, with Marshall’s guitar demonstrator Steve Smith joined by RavenEye guitarist Oli Brown (inset) at Jim’s dedicated pillar: “I’m going to crank the amp and rock out hard,” Oli promised.

“My heroes all used Marshall’s and I fell in love with them, too.”

Jon Ellery, managing director of Marshall Amplification said: “This date honours the memory of Jim and the global brand which he created and brought to Milton Keynes which changed the sound of rock music.

“Jim was a strong supporter of Milton Keynes.

“He would have been proud to have received the recent accolade given at the MK Business Achievement Awards in this 50th anniversary year.”

In West London the fifth Hanwell Hootie will also remember Jim. It is London’s biggest free one day festival.

All are welcome to attend Wednesday’s MK Rose event.

Jon Ellery saidL “‘This date honours the memory of Jim and the global brand which he created and brought to Milton Keynes, which changed the sound of rock music.”

Marshall Amplification employs 130 staff at its headquarters in Bletchley, and has been manufacturing in the UK for more than 53 years.

To mark MK50, Marshall has produced a limited edition range of just 200 gold MS2 Micro Amps.