Derby’s ‘Star Walk’ to be unveiled

Eight cast-iron and mosaic plaques to commemorate inspirational people connected with Derby will be revealed on Saturday 12th May to celebrate the Derby story.

The plaques, designed by artist Tim Clapcott and made in Derby, will be embedded in the pedestrian area between the Albion Street entrance to Bondholder Intu and Albert Street.   

The aim is to inspire Derby people to take pride in where they live and inspire younger people to see the names on the plaques as role models.

Tim Clapcott designed and installed the plaques which show a link with Derby's past and present through the illustrations of famous landmarks and the person's name they contain.   

Talking about the work he said: "I want to make today’s citizens realise that Derby is a great place to live and work. I have strong associations with Derby and my family lives in the Derbyshire area. This artwork will be unique to Derby and is intended to make people proud to be part of a special place."

The artwork on the plaques include landmarks and scenes such as Smith Clockworks, Friar Gate Bridge, Intu shopping centre, Guildhall and Market Hall, Rolls Royce, Derby Arena, Quad, Lara Croft and the Silk Mill.  

The plaques will also feature a QR code, which will enable passers-by to stop and learn more about the history of the City, to create a real interactive experience. 

The idea for Made in Derby originally came from discussions between Bondholders Derby Telegraph, Derby City Council and local business leaders. The initiative is being funded by D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership as part of Derby's public realm project.

The people depicted on the mosaic tiles for the Made in Derby walk of fame will not be revealed until Saturday morning.

Talking about the inspiration behind the scheme Clapcott said: “The Made in Derby title not only refers to the successful people of Derby, but it is also a metaphor for the city’s industrial heritage and thriving commerce and community today.

"We are celebrating famous people who have created a national or international reputation, great historical figures, Derby as the birthplace of the industrial revolution and Derby now as a business, manufacturing and world class engineering centre."

More than 300 different people were nominated for a place on the Made in Derby walk of fame by Derby Telegraph readers last November and a steering committee, including John Forkin, managing director Marketing Derby, Steve Hall, editor from the Derby Telegraph, John Whitby, Mayor of Derby, Helen Wathall, chair of Bondholder St Peter’s Quarter Business Improvement District, Tony Butler, executive director of Bondholder Derby Museums Trust and Adam Buss, chief executive of Bondholder Quad, decided who would be on the plaques.

The cast-iron work for the plaques has been cast by Manor Foundry in Ilkeston and the mosaic's tiles have been created with the help of a north Derbyshire artist.