frankie & june say… Thanks Tim
Grandma and Grandad met in a dance hall where a real live band were playing. Mum and Dad had their first kiss at a disco, dancing to 10cc’s ‘I’m Not in Love’. Dad bought her a copy for their first anniversary.
By the time June was born, they were allowed to take a mix-tape cassette into the labour ward. Now that June’s a teenager, she can have music wherever she goes. From her phone, through her headphones, live music streaming from a concert, retro-music downloaded from the archives.
What if she and Frankie get together forever tonight? How will they listen to ‘their song’ when they’re 64? Will they be able to summon it just by thinking of it? Or will we have gone the other way, and they’ll be singing it together round the family piano?
Music connects us with each other and with the most important moments in our lives. One of the things that makes those connections possible is the World Wide Web – invented in 1989 by the British scientist, Tim Berners-Lee, who went on to build the world’s first website the following year. For changing the way we live, he sought no personal gain. He’s the origin of the theme of this Ceremony, ‘this is for everyone’.