Calls for posthumous Gibb knighthood gather pace

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Online campaigns calling for Bee Gees singer and Thame resident Robin Gibb to be knighted posthumously are gathering momentum.

Two Facebook campaigns, MakeHim SirRobin and Knighthood for Robin Gibb, have each gained more than 500 ‘likes’.

Meanwhile, a petition set up on www.signon.org by Betthany Shinn, of Michigan, USA, calling for a knighthood for the Manx-born star has gathered more than 700 signatures.

The MakeHim SirRobin Facebook page creator has also set up a www.causes.com page, which has more than 650 members.

The page creator said while knighthoods are not awarded posthumously under British law, they hope the fact Mr Gibb was alive when the application process was started for him by his family and sponsored by John Leech MP will help the cause.

The singer died aged 62 from kidney failure in May after suffering from cancer and pneumonia.

A funeral procession attended by an array of stars took place in Thame in June.