Panel to look at ways to honour Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Joe Cocker (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
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Suggestions from readers of The Star on how to honour Sheffield singing legend Joe Cocker will be considered by a special panel.

The former gas fitter from Crookes, who shot to stardom with a cover of The Beatles’ A Little Help From My Friends, died in December aged 70.

Residents have put forward their ideas – from a blue plaque to statue – following an appeal from Sheffield Council and The Star.

Many were music related and said a concert and/or naming a stage at the Tramlines festival or a room of Sheffield City Hall would be most appropriate.

Coun Julie Dore, council leader, said a panel – involving someone with experience of the music industry – would be set up to look at the suggestions and see what could be done.

She said: “We’d like to thank everyone for all their suggestions and ideas and welcome any further ones.

“We will be setting up this panel and it will take time to develop and speak to his family about what they would like.

“We look forward to working with the people of Sheffield to find something that is a suitable legacy.”

n Email suggestions to ellen.beardmore@thestar.co.uk