GUITARIST and singer Mark Knopfler and bassist John Illsley of the rock band Dire Straits returned to the Deptford flat where their dream of megastardom began, for the unveiling of a commemorative plague.

The Performing Rights Society, which champions the nation’s songwriters, composers and music publishers, put up the plaque outside the flat on the Crossfield Estate in Deptford Church Street, where the band formed and played their first gig in 1977.