Still time to nominate your Wakefield Star

​Date: 28/05/2015

PR 4956

Nominations are still open for the Wakefield Stars scheme which honours people who have played a part in shaping the district.

 The pavement stars are plaques located in Wakefield city centre.  They acknowledge the contributions of current or past residents and businesses who have a nationally recognised, outstanding achievement.

 This includes achievements in sport or culture, people who support their local community nationally or someone who is nationally recognised as a leader in their profession or industry.

 The closing date for nominations for the latest stars is June 17.

 Fourteen stars in the form of pavement plaques have been installed so far, leading from The Bull Ring, down Westmoreland Street, Kirkgate and onto the end of the footbridge at The Hepworth, Wakefield. 

 The Wakefield Stars Board made up from representatives from across the public, private and community sector, will soon meet to decide which nominees will be awarded a star.

 Previous winners include Bill Nelson, The Cribs, Jane McDonald, Neil Fox, Sir Martin Frobisher, Charles Waterton, John Godber, Henry Moore, David Topliss, Barbara Hepworth, John Harrison, Barry Hoban, Stan Barstow and Noel Gay.

 Closing date for nominations is 17 June 2015.  Nominations can be made at any of the district's local libraries, at Wakefield Visitor Centre or on the Council's website www.wakefield.gov.uk

Cllr Les Shaw, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Sport, said: "We are proud of this scheme which recognises the achievements of local people, both in the past and at the current time.  The plaques form a walk of famous peole which we hope will be here for many years to come."

 Chair of Wakefield Stars Board and President of Wakefield Civic Society Kevin Trickett said:  "We would encourage everyone to make nominations, there are many nationally recognised individuals and businesses whose achievements have made them true ambassadors for Wakefield. 

 "We want to make sure they are recognised locally as well as nationally. The Wakefield Stars Board is looking forward to seeing the range of candidates that come through this year and debating which ones should go forward for a star"