Wakefield’s stars set to shine

Jane McDonald
Jane McDonald

AN EXPLORER, a writer, a sports legend and a singer will all be immortalised when the next round of Hollywood-style stars are unveiled.

A multitude of people sent in their nominations for the second round of the Wakefield Stars scheme in the Bull Ring.

Elizabethan explorer Sir Martin Frobisher, A Kind Of Loving author the late Stan Barstow, singer and TV presenter Jane McDonald and rugby league legend Neil Fox will all see their names engraved on star shaped pavement plaques.

Coun Peter Box, council leader, said: “I am proud to announce the next phase of Wakefield Stars which recognises people we are most proud of in this district.

“I am pleased that Neil and Jane have been chosen as they are proud excellent ambassadors for Wakefield.

“These stars are a lasting and ongoing celebration of individual talent and achievements, giving Wakefield is 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.”

The scheme is designed to honour city’s great and good both past and present.

Jane McDonald 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.”

Indie rockers The Cribs, playwright John Godber, sculptors Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, naturalist Charles Waterton, rugby league legend David Topliss and inventor John Harrison were all honoured in the first round of Wakefield Stars, unveiled earlier this year in May.

To nominate a star log on to www.wakefield.gov.uk