City legends honoured by walk of fame

SHEFFIELD'S Walk of Fame came a step closer today as nine of the city's famous sons and daughters were announced as the first to be honoured on the glittering pathway.

The Sheffield legends have been selected following public nominations, set up after Star readers called for local soccer legend Gordon Banks, whose playing career began in the city, to be honoured.

The 1966 World Cup goalkeeper said at the time that he was flattered by the attention.

As a result, the council agreed to set up Sheffield Legends, which would see plaques in prominent positions creating a celebrity trail through Sheffield city centre.

Bronze plaques displaying the legends' names will be set in the stone paving slabs in front of the Town Hall.

And the walk – which will be similar to Hollywood Boulevard – is already being tipped to become a tourist attraction.

The first nine Sheffield Legends to be honoured are:

Gordon Banks - England's World Cup winning goalkeeper.

Sean Bean - internationally-renowned actor.

Jarvis Cocker - iconic lead singer with Pulp.

Joe Cocker - internationally-famous musician.

Lord Sebastian Coe - Olympic athlete and Chair of the British 2012 London Olympics bid.

Def Leppard - top-selling rock band.

Michael Palin - film and television personality.

Helen Sharman - first British astronaut.

Joe Simpson - one of the world's greatest ever rock climbers.

Other names will be added each year.

Councillor Jan Wilson, Leader of Sheffield Council said: "The public have taken this method of recognising their most famous sons and daughters to their hearts.

"We will be aiming to install their plaques in the city centre over the coming months when the celebrities are able to find time in their busy schedules.

"I believe the plaques could become a tourist attraction to add to the many offerings the city already has for visitors."