Sheffield Walk of Fame set for new addition

Novelist Dame Margaret Drabble uncovering her 'Walk of Fame' outside Sheffield Town Hall with council leader Julie Dore and Lord Mayor John Campbell
Novelist Dame Margaret Drabble uncovering her 'Walk of Fame' outside Sheffield Town Hall with council leader Julie Dore and Lord Mayor John Campbell
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THE search for Sheffield’s latest name on the city centre Walk of Fame is to be launched in the coming weeks.

Sheffield Council normally honours at least one of the city’s outstanding residents as a Sheffield Legend with a star on the pavement outside the Town Hall each year.

Novelist Dame Margaret Drabble uncovering her 'Walk of Fame' outside Sheffield Town Hall

Novelist Dame Margaret Drabble uncovering her 'Walk of Fame' outside Sheffield Town Hall

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “Marketing Sheffield, who are organising the Sheffield Legends scheme, are planning to go out for public nominations in January to find the next star.

“It’s up to residents to decide who should be put forward but there are numerous names including Richard Hawley and the Arctic Monkeys who are not yet represented.”

Sheffield Legends honour the city’s heroes from various walks of life – from the arts to science and from sport to industry. They have a special plaque set into the pavement ‘Hollywood Boulevard-style’ – believed to be the first of its kind in this country.

Those honoured are invited for an ‘unveiling’ ceremony outside the Town Hall in the heart of the city.

When the initiative was launched seven years ago, hundreds of nominations were received from the public for their heroes to become Sheffield Legends.

Nominations are considered by an independent board representing various sectors in the city – the arts, sport, education, media and business – which is chaired by the Lord Mayor.

So far, 17 celebrities have been honoured, although not all have unveiled their plaques yet.

They represent a wide cross-section of activities, but all have a strong connection with Sheffield – either being born in the city or having lived here for many years and are strongly associated with the city.

Sheffield Legends so far are Gordon Banks – England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper, Sean Bean, Joe Cocker, Sebastian Coe, Derek Dooley, Dame Margaret Drabble, Jessica Ennis, Professor Barry Hancock, a cancer treatment specialist, Brendan Ingle, Def Leppard, cutlery designer David Mellor, Michael Palin, artist Joe Scarborough, Helen Sharman – the first British astronaut, Joe Simpson, Michael Vaughan and Clinton Woods.

The council spokesman added: “Those eligible for the awards must either have been born in Sheffield or have a very strong association with the city and must have achieved recognition at national or preferably at international level. Nominees will be required to write a short note of around 50 words to say why their choice should receive the honour.”

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