Aberdeen, Washington is to pay homage to the city's tragic son Kurt Cobain by adding the words 'COME AS YOU ARE' to its signposts.

More than a decade after the Nirvana frontman's death, locals are embracing the legacy of Cobain with a series of tributes and memorials.

And the first reminder of the rock legend will greet visitors as they drive into the city - the title of one of his signature hits has been added to the town's welcome signs.

Cobain's grandfather LELAND COBAIN says, "I think it's a good idea, and it's about time... I have been waiting for it to go up."

A locally-funded Kurt Cobain Memorial Committee also plans to erect other homages to the Nirvana star, including a park and a youth centre.

Memorial committee co-chairman JEFF BURLINGAME says, "We paid $750 (GBP395) to replace the 'Welcome to Aberdeen' sign, which was rusted and had a bullet hole in it.

"Several people have contacted us and intend to make pilgrimages to pay their respects. I believe this new sign will, by far, be the most photographed landmark in the city."

11/04/2005 21:39