Petition launched after council snubs calls for Stringfellow memorial

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Campaigners calling for Sheffield City Council to honour the late club tycoon Peter Stringfellow have launched a petition after the authority refused to consider honouring him in the Walk of Fame outside the town hall.

The council has said that they cannot consider the request because they can only include people who are still alive, so they can appear in person.

Barry Northall on the Walk of Fame

Barry Northall on the Walk of Fame

But friends of Mr Stringfellow who are organising the campaign say they twice approached the council over the honour before his death in June, and say the authority is side-stepping the issue because of Mr Stringfellow’s later association with lap dancing.

But they want recognition for what the former General Technology College student did for Sheffield’s music industry in the 1960s and 70s.

The campaign is being spearheaded by Sheffield resident Barry Northall, 71, from Todwick, who first met Mr Stringfellow in 1962 at a Church Hall and worked for him throughout his Sheffield years.

He said the club owner is instrumental in the rise of the city’s music scene, and brought bands including The Beatles, The Kinks, The Merseybeats, Elton John and Rod Stewart to Sheffield.

Barry Northall with Peter Stringfellow in their younger days.

Barry Northall with Peter Stringfellow in their younger days.

Barry, who last saw the club millionaire in December and spoke at his funeral, said: “Peter never hid the fact that he was from Sheffield because he was immensely proud of that - a local boy made good.

“He made many, many visits back to Sheffield over the years, and if anyone wanted him to come here for something he always would. He once came up to talk to students at the university about his life - he would never fail to come to Sheffield.

“How can Sheffield City Council renew the licence for Spearmint Rhino and not celebrate Peter’s life? He was the Peter Pan of Sheffield in the 1960s.”

He said he first had the idea several years ago when Mr Stringfellow came to Sheffield for a BBC programme with Michael Palin, who is included in the Sheffield Legends walk.

Other names include Gordon Banks, Sean Bean, Joe Cocker, Sebastion Coe, and Michael Vaughan.

According to Sheffield City Council’s website: “Sheffield Legends honour those who have achieved national or international acclaim.

“Nominations for the next Sheffield Legend will be considered by an independent selection board representing various sectors across the city such as the arts, sport, education, media and business and chaired by the Lord Mayor.”

Sheffield writer Dave Manville, who was working on a book with Mr Stringfellows on his influence on the city’s music scene at the time of his death in June, is backing the call.

He said: “I tried to get Peter included on the Walk of Fame twice before and never got very far with it - I think it’s because of the lap dancing.

Members of Sheffield campaign group Not Buying it Sheffield, have already tweeted opposing the idea.

To sign the petition, go to https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/honour-peter-stringfellow-on-the-sheffield-walk-of-fame-1