Readers suggest Sheffield festival to honour Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker performing at the Sheffield arena
Joe Cocker performing at the Sheffield arena
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‘True Sheffielder’ Joe Cocker should be honoured with a statue, music festival or mural, Star readers have said.

‘True Sheffielder’ Joe Cocker should be honoured with a statue, music festival or mural, Star readers have said.

Fans have responded in droves to an appeal asking how the city’s first global superstar, who died in December aged 70, should be remembered.

The Star is working with Sheffield Council to look at potential ideas.

Scott Swallow said: “They could name the main room of the city hall the Joe Cocker Theatre, or in fact rename the whole city hall.

“A painted mural on the side of a building in the town centre would be good.

“Or they could name the main Tramlines stage the Joe Cocker stage for its foreseeable future - a tribute concert would be amazing.”

Many readers suggested a statue similar to one that is due to be put in in honour of Sheffield’s Women of Steel who kept munitions factories going during the war.

Wendy Faulknall said: “I think we should have a statue to remember Joe in the Peace Gardens.

“Joe worked with my dad William Furby as a gas fitter in those early years - he was a true Sheffielder.”

And suggestions came from as far away as America.

Sam Ludu, who saw Joe perform in California and New York, said: “If I were in Sheffield, I’d honour Joe by initiating an annual city-wide music and perhaps food festival on his birthday, one that would have friendship as its theme, in keeping with the song and performance by which he is best remembered, “With a Little Help from My Friends.”

“It would celebrate Joe and help bring your community even closer. Maybe the event could even be used as a fundraiser for various causes.”

Email your ideas to reporter Ellen Beardmore at ellen.beardmore@thestar.co.uk.