Get nominating for your next Wakefield Star

Date:09/09/2014
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We are encouraging residents to get their nominations in to honour and celebrate famous local people and businesses to be included in a Hollywood style star in the pavement event.

The Wakefield Stars scheme was originally launched in 2010 and is now being re-launched to build on the 12 stars who have celebrated recieving a star including the likes of Rugby League player Neil Fox, sculptor Henry Moore, and the rock band, the Cribs.

The Star scheme recognizes the achievements of individuals in sport, culture, science and engineering and those who have supported their local community or who are seen as nationally recognized leaders in their profession or industry.

The Council is now interested in recognizing successful locally grown businesses who have helped shape Wakefield, or have put the area on the map nationally.

Wakefield Council Leader, Cllr Peter Box CBE said: "I am delighted with the return of the Wakefield Stars which will recognise people and businesses we are most proud of from across Wakefield and the district. I am sure there are many deserving stars waiting to be nominated and I urge residents to get their nominations in."

Wakefield born musician and song writer Bill Nelson is the latest be to nominated and Bill will be presented with the iconic Wakefield Star early next month in an award ceremony in the newly opened Unity Works.

Cllr Box added: "I am thrilled to present the next Wakefield Star to our very own home grown entertainer Bill Nelson next month. He is a brilliant ambassador for the district and I look forward to celebrating his many achievements."

Previous winners have included:
• Stan Barstow – Writer
• The Cribs – Indie Rock Band
• Neil Fox – Rugby League
• Noel Gay – Composer
• John Godber – Playwright
• Sir Martin Frobisher – Explorer
• Barry Hoben – Professional Cyclist
• Barbara Hepworth – Sculptor
• Jane McDonald – Entertainer
• Henry Moore – Sculptor
• David Topliss – Rugby League
• Charles Waterton – Conservationist

The next stages of nominations are currently open and will remain open all year. Nominations can be made at any library in the district, at the Wakefield Visitor Centre or through the Council's website on www.wakefield.gov.uk  ​