Official presentation of a Wakefield Star to family of the late Kate Taylor

​Date: 22/09/2015
Ref: PR 5068

The family of Wakefield historian, the late Kate Taylor are to be presented with a Wakefield Star in honour of her contribution to exploring and understanding the past.

Kate, who wrote and edited many books about the City, died at the age of 81 in May after a short illness.

She had an outstanding knowledge of local history and was an active member of Wakefield Historical Society and the City's Civic Society, and heavily involved at Chantry and Westgate Chapels.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council, said: "Kate made an immense contribution to Wakefield's history by documenting and sharing her knowledge. She has left a lasting legacy and it is fitting that she is honoured in this way."

Kevin Trickett, Chariman of the Wakefield Stars board, said: "Wakefield Stars celebrates people with a connection to the area, who have a nationally recognised, outstanding achievement.

"I am very pleased that Kate's work is being acknowledged in this way. She spent a great part of her life researching and writing about Wakefield's history and helping to raise the city's profile locally and further afield."

The star will be presented to Kate's son Simon Jenkins at an official presentation on Friday September 25 at Westgate Chapel in Wakefield.

Wakefield Stars is a pavement stars scheme developed by Wakefield Council, located in Wakefield City Centre.

Members of the public nominate people for an award. The star scheme acknowledges 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.

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 is made up of representatives from across the public, private and community sector who 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.