Officials in the quiet English town where punk icon Sid Vicious grew up have addressed a growing controversy surrounding the prospect of commemorating the late Sex Pistols star.

The bassist, real name John Ritchie, lived in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent between 1965 and 1971 and the rocker is on a list of celebrities being considered for a commemorative plaque to mark his links to the town.

Bosses at the town's Civic Society will decide which celebrity to honour later this year (14), but some residents feel Vicious shouldn't even be on the list.

One local tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Nobody wants to be reminded that Sid Vicious lived here. He was a vile man and died as he lived - surrounded by filth and misery."

However, Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society chairman Alastair Tod insists the punk rocker's inclusion is justified and promises to defend the decision should Vicious ultimately be chosen for the honour.

Tod tells MailOnline, "We're all prepared to argue the case if necessary. We would be prepared to defend the inclusion of any of the names on our list. It's only a longlist, though, and I think Sid Vicious is probably an outlier. It's not for me to make the final decision."

Vicious died of a heroin overdose in 1979, while on bail after being arrested for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.