Musician Bill Nelson honoured by Wakefield Star

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Guitarist and songwriter Bill Nelson will be honoured with a Wakefield Star in recognition of his musical achievements.

The 65-year-old, born in Westgate End, will be presented with the Hollywood-style star at a ceremony in the recently reopened Unity Hall next month.

The influential musician is best known for being the frontman of band Be-Bop Deluxe in the 1970s.

He helped fund the renovation of the Unity Works music venue, where the band once played, with a special solo gig at The Calder last year.

After the band split in the late 1970s, Mr Nelson focused on a solo music career and has now been producing music for more than four decades.

His most recent work, a collaboration with American guitarist Reeves Gabrels, was released in July this year.

Wakefield Council leader Coun Peter Box said: “I am thrilled to present the next Wakefield Star to our very own homegrown entertainer Bill Nelson next month.

“He is a brilliant ambassador for the district and I look forward to celebrating his many achievements.”

Mr Nelson’s star will be placed in the district’s walk of fame alongside those of other famous local people.

The star scheme originally launched in 2010 and recognises the achievements of individuals in sport, culture, science and engineering, as well as those who have supported their local community or who are seen as nationally recognised leaders in their profession.

Wakefield Council is now also honouring successful locally-grown businesses who have helped to shape the area.

The next stage of the star nominations are open and will remain open all year.

Coun Box 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.”

Netherton indie rock group, The Cribs, who are performing at Unity Hall today as part of the Long Division festival, are among those previously honoured with the Wakefield Star.

Others include novelist, Stan Barstow, playwright John Godber and artist Barbara Hepworth.

Star nominations can be made at any of the district’s libraries, at the Wakefield Visitor Centre or on the council website at www.wakefield.gov.uk