The Cure frontman Robert Smith 'teased mercilessly' after swapping Blackpool for Crawley aged three

The Cure's Robert Smith has remained the only constant member throughout numerous line-up changes
The Cure's Robert Smith -Credit:Redferns via Getty Images

They're known as a "Crawley-based band" - but did you know a member of The Cure is actually from Blackpool?

Although he did make the move down south at a young age, Robert Smith was born in the Lancashire seaside town and spent some of his formative years as a northerner. Not only that, but his accent was different from what we recognise now - and he was teased for it too.

In 2000, he told Q magazine: "I was born in Blackpool and the first few years of my life were spent up there. When I came down South, I actually had quite a broad Northern accent and the p*** was taken out of me mercilessly at school. That probably didn’t help me integrate."


The Cure member was born in Blackpool on April 21, 1959 as the third of four children to mum Rita Mary and dad, James Alexander Smith. When he was just three-years-old, the family moved to Horley in Surrey and then at age six, they made Crawley their home.

Although he was a toddler when he left Blackpool, Robert does have some fond memories from living in the town, but he views them slightly different now. Talking to the Guardian in 2012 he said: "I have such strong memories of it that I don't know if I would want to go back: the promenade, the beach, and the smell, it's a magical memory, that evocative time of innocence and wonder.

"My earliest memories are sitting on the beach at Blackpool and I know that if I went back, it would be horrible. I know what Blackpool's like – it's nothing like I imagined it was as a child.

"I think I would like to go there when I'm older because then I shall probably have similar impressions, because I'd be more decrepit and my eyesight would be so poor. Even now things are becoming impressionistic!"