Stars to be unveiled

Ten new 'Made in Derby' plaques celebrating the achievements of some of the people who have helped put Derby and Derbyshire on the world map will be unveiled in the city's Market Place and on Iron Gate on Saturday 14th September.

This is phase 2 of 'Made in Derby' - a trail of mosaic and cast iron plaques which can be brought to life via augmented reality using a smartphone app - with a Walk of Fame already embedded on Albion Street and Exchange Street.

Karam Singh, Derby's world-leading breakdancer from local Trinity Warriors dance crew, is the first star to be announced. The launch will take place at 11.30am in the Market Place with the names of all of the stars being revealed by Bondholder the Derby Telegraph early on Saturday morning.

The first star to be announced, Karam Singh is hoping for a call-up to Team GB if breaking is officially accepted as an Olympic sport in time for the Games to take place in Paris in 2024. Karam took part in his first competition when he was 10 and became the youngest person to ever set foot on the World Bboy Championship stage in 2008. Over the past few years, he has won numerous titles in places such as France, Switzerland, Belgium, USA and China - the latter was where he won the Street Dance World Cup for Britain. He is also a competition judge and teaches workshops in places such as India, Slovenia and Italy.

The other nine people on the remaining plaques are from a variety of eras dating back to the 17th century through to the 21st century and are mainly involved in science, the arts, sport and commerce.

Last year, Derby became the first city in Europe to use augmented reality in a walk of fame or similar piece of public art. Each of the sculptures, designed by Tim Clapcott, has a QR code which when activated by the app and it is even possible to take a selfie with your favourites as it brings them to life.

Sculptor Mr Clapcott said: “I hope the names of the people on the plaques will inspire Derby people to take a pride in where they live and inspire younger people, who will see the people on the plaques as role models in their lives.

"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."

Trinity Warriors will get Saturday's event underway on the Market Place at 11am, with unveiling starting at 11.30am. The unveiling will finish at Bondholder Derby Cathedral at 12 noon with another Trinity Warriors performance.


(Image: Tim Clapcott)

(Image: Tim Clapcott)