ACCLAIMED author Dame Margaret Drabble said she would always be ‘a Sheffield person’ after becoming the latest city legend inducted into its Walk of Fame.
The 72-year-old novelist, critic and biographer had ‘tears of joy’ after learning she won this year’s honour.
Her shiny new bronze star plaque was unveiled - joining legends including athlete Jessica Ennis and Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker - outside Sheffield Town Hall.
Dame Margaret, who lived in Sheffield until the age of 15 when her family moved away, told crowds she had many happy memories of her childhood spent in the city.
She said: “I can’t tell you how proud I am to be with you and thank you for remembering and thinking of me as one of yours.
“I shall always think of myself as a Sheffield person.”
The novels Dame Margaret has written feature a town called Northam, based on Sheffield.
And the former Sheffield Girls High School pupil has become a CBE and DBE, as well as winning awards and being the former chairman of the National Book League.
She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield and visits the ‘beautiful city which is full of life’ as often as possible.
Dame Margaret, who now lives in London, added: “When I got the message about the star there were tears of joy in my eyes.
“It was one of those days when I was feeling tired, unloved and out of print and how wonderful with one message to feel yourself made into a star.
“I don’t know if I’ll ever write about Sheffield again but you never know, I’ll definitely be coming back.”
Hundreds of nominations from the public were made for the latest walk of fame star. They were then considered by an independent selection board.
Coun Julie Dore, Sheffield Council leader, said she felt ‘proud’ to induct another woman into the walk of fame after Jessica Ennis last year.
She added: “I think we’ll go on giving stars until we run out of space!”