Made in Derby walk of fame stars finally unveiled

Derby's new walk of fame was finally revealed this month after weeks of anticipation about who's names would be enshrined onto Derby's streets.

Made in Derby is a joint project, involving Bondholders Derby City Council and Derby Telegraph and local business leaders and part-funded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership; the private sector-led partnership promoting economic growth, jobs and business start-ups in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

The ten celebrities, noted for their achievements in business, visual & performing arts, sports, politics, peace campaigning, innovation and industry, were selected from hundreds of public nominations by a panel comprising the Mayor of Derby, Derby Telegraph, Quad, Derby Museums, Marketing Derby and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District.

Chair of the selection panel, Steve Hall, told crowds gathered to watch the unveiling that the time has come for Derby to do more to honour its own.

So who are the famous names on the walk?

  • Alice Wheeldon, Derby’s most famous suffragist and a fervent anti-First World War campaigner;
  • Bess of HardwickEngland’s richest Elizabethan woman after Queen Elizabeth I used her considerable wealth to help Derby poor and needy;
  • Brian Clough and Peter Taylor, the top management duo that took Derby football from obscurity to national fame;
  • John Hurt, in recognition of his sterling contribution to the arts as an accomplished actor;
  • Joseph Wrightglobally recognised English landscape and portrait painter and the first to express the spirit of the Industrial Revolution;
  • Louis Martin, the Jamaican-born sportsman from the Windrush generation who became Britain’s greatest-ever Olympic weightlifter;
  • Philip Noel-Baker, a former MP for Derby, credited with saving the 1948 Olympic Games for Britain;
  • Charles Rolls the pioneer aviator and Henry Royce the engineer and designer who formed Rolls-Royce which sets the global standard for excellence in automotive and aviation technology.

Chair of the selection panel, Steve Hall, told crowds gathered to watch the unveiling that the time has come for Derby to do more to honour its own.

"Many of us had long felt that Derby had not done enough to publicly celebrate its fantastic heritage and that feeling returned as City of Derby swimmer Adam Peaty raced to gold in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

"How could it be that our people were fêted around the world but there was so little obvious in the city where they were born or where they had such strong associations to celebrate their achievements?

"A group of us from across the business and political sectors decided the time had come to rectify matters – and, with leadership from the Derby Telegraph and Derby City Council, and funding from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, momentum gathered behind the campaign."

A second Made in Derby walk of fame has already been announced with details to be announced in the near future.