Winners of the first ever Wakefield Stars - the pavement award scheme recognising the national achievements of past and present residents - have been revealed.
The Cribs, Upton playwright John Godber, Charles Waterton, Henry Moore, David Topliss, Barbara Hepworth and John Harrison are all to be honoured after Wakefield Council received hundreds of nominations from the public.
The nominations were judged by the Wakefield Stars Board and the decision for this round of awards was unanimous.
Kevin Trickett, chairman of the Wakefield Stars Board and president of the Wakefield Civic Society, said “We originally proposed to launch the scheme with just three winners, however, after some deliberation, seven winners were chosen, due to the quality of the nominations. We also decided to “roll forward” other nominees to the next round of awards.”
Coun Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council and member of the Wakefield Stars Board, added: “I am delighted to see the district’s cultural and sporting roots celebrated with the first round of Wakefield Stars.
“It was very difficult to narrow down so many great nominations and there is bound to be a lot of discussion about who should or should not have been awarded a star. But the best way to make sure your favourite is on the list is to nominate them and I look forward to seeing nominations for the 2011 round of Wakefield Stars.”
Wakefield band The Cribs is offering two lucky fans the opportunity for a secret meet and greet, when they receive the award in the city next month.
See below or visit www.wakefield.gov.uk for details on how to enter the competition.
The winner will be selected on Friday 3 June.
Information about all the winners and nominees is also available on the council’s website. The stars will be installed leading from The Bullring to Wakefield Waterfront and will be available to view from July 1st.
Nominations are open for the next round of the 2011 awards and these can be made on the council’s website or at any of the district’s libraries.