Honours for city’s stars

Jane McDonald and Neil Fox get Wakefield stars.
Jane McDonald and Neil Fox get Wakefield stars.

A PLACE in history - and the Bull Ring - has been bestowed upon the ambassadors who have put their home city on the world map.

Rugby league legend Neil Fox MBE and singing star Jane McDonald have been honoured in the second phase of the Wakefield Stars scheme.

They will see their names appear on plaques in the Bull Ring alongside A Kind Of Loving novelist Stan Barstow, who died earlier this year, and Elizabethan explorer Sir Martin Frobisher.

The awards were presented yesterday at Wakefield Town Hall by council leader Coun Peter Box and Chief Executive Joanne Roney.

Former Wakefield Trinity player Mr Fox said: “I received the Freedom of the City of Wakefield last year which is one of the highest accolades I have ever received.

“I am delighted to receive a Wakefield Star and would like to thank the public for voting for me.”

Ms McDonald shot to fame in BBC docu-soap The Cruise and has gone on to enjoy a successful broadcasting and singing career.

She said: “When I first heard about being nominated for a Wakefield Star I was absolutely thrilled but then to be told I have actually been accepted for one, well I cannot tell you how proud I am.

“This is a great honour. Thank you very much.”

The four winners were chosen from hundreds of nominations sent in by the public.

Wakefield Council Leader, Coun Peter Box, said: “I am particularly pleased that Neil and Jane have been chosen as they are excellent ambassadors for Wakefield.

“These stars are a lasting and ongoing celebration of individual talent and achievements, giving Wakefield its own walk of fame. I am grateful to everyone who sent in nominations and look forward to receiving more names for the awards next year.”

Earlier this year plaques honouring rock band The Cribs, playwright John Godber, conservationist Charles Waterton, sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth plus rugby player David Topliss and maritime clock inventor John Harrison were installed.

Nominations have opened for next year’s plaques.

For more information log on to www.wakefield.gov.uk or visit Wakefield Tourism Information Centre.