Birmingham Walk of Stars
The Broad Street Walk of Stars is a walk of fame-style installation on the pedestrian pavement of Broad Street, Birmingham, England, which honours notable people from the Birmingham area or with significant connections with it. The scheme is organised and funded by the Broad Street Business Improvement District.
The criteria for a person to have their star added to the walk include that they must have performed at one of Birmingham's major venues such as the International Convention Centre (ICC), National Indoor Arena (NIA), Symphony Hall and The Rep theatre. They must also be originally from the area or have prominent links with Birmingham and the Midlands region. The walk honours the residents of the city who have made a significant contribution in the categories of music, television, film, radio, theatre, sport, business and literacy.
The idea for a Walk of Fame style tribute was first thought of by a local Birmingham man Garry Raybould, who then approached the Broad Street Business Improvement District who developed the idea and created the name Broad Street Walk of Stars together with a brand and registration of the original website, www.walkofstars.co.uk which quickly became very popular and was chosen by Radio 2 as 'Website of the Day'. The first star to be honoured was Ozzy Osbourne on 6 July 2007. The event was held in Centenary Square and introduced by Elliott Webb from Birmingham's commercial radio station BRMB and the star was presented to Ozzy by Lord Mayor of Birmingham Randal Brew. The Ozzy Osbourne presentation created £1.7M worth of worldwide publicity for the area.
Comedian Jasper Carrott was the second person to have a star installed on Broad Street on 15 September 2007. The star was presented to him by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham during ArtsFest in front of a 10,000 strong crowd. In December 2007, Noddy Holder became the third inductee on the Walk of Stars which was presented to him on a canal boat, during the Broad Street Christmas Canal Boat Light Parade.
The stars were briefly fenced off following safety concerns about their polished surfaces. Leicestershire-based Charcon Specialist Products, who produced the stars, was consulted over the situation.
Murray Walker was inducted into the Walk of Stars. A joint induction took place on 12 September 2008 for BBC Radio 4 series The Archers and cast member Norman Painting. On 7 October 2008, the BBC announced that Julie Walters would be inducted. The following month founder member of Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi was inducted.
On 26 March 2009, it was announced that each of five local football clubs (Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Walsall, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers) would have a star commemorating their teams, a player, or a specific era. The presentation ceremonies will be staggered between May and August.
|1||Ozzy Osbourne||6 July 2007||Musician||Member of Black Sabbath|
|2||Jasper Carrott||15 September 2007||Comedian||Presenter of Goldenballs|
|3||Noddy Holder||9 December 2007||Musician||Member of Slade||Coordinates:|
|4||Murray Walker||28 June 2008||Sports commentator||BBC/ITV Formula One coverage|
|5||The Archers||12 September 2008||Soap opera||Long-running BBC Radio 4 serial|
|6||Norman Painting||12 September 2008||Actor||Voice of Phil Archer in The Archers|
|7||Tony Iommi||23 November 2008||Musician||Member of Black Sabbath|
|8||Aston Villa F.C. 1982 Team||4 May 2009||Football team||1982 European Cup-winning team|
|9||Tony 'Bomber' Brown||17 May 2009||Footballer||Professional footballer from West Bromwich Albion F.C.|
|10||Frank Skinner||1 August 2009||Comedian||Co-Host of Fantasy Football League|
|11||Gil Merrick||September 2009||Footballer||Professional footballer from Birmingham City F.C.|
|12||Ray Graydon||September 2009||Footballer||Former manager of Walsall F.C.|
|13||Julie Walters||27 October 2009||Actress/Comedian||Star of Educating Rita & Harry Potter Films|
|14||Gary Newbon||10 December 2009||Television journalism||Sports Reporter|
|15||Lenny Henry||19 December 2009||Actor/Comedian||Presenter of Tiswas|
|16||Beverley Knight||20 March 2010||Singer|
|17||Joan Armatrading||4 May 2010||Singer|
|18||Chris Tarrant||August 2010||Broadcaster||Host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire|
|19||Birmingham Royal Ballet||September 2010||Dance|
|20||David Bintley||September 2010||Dance|
|21||Roy Wood||November 2010||Singer Musician||Member of Electric Light Orchestra and Wizzard and The Move|
|22||Bev Bevan||February 2011||Singer Drummer||Member of Electric Light Orchestra and The Move|
|23||Nigel Mansell||August 2011||Racing driver||1992 Formula One World Champion|
|24||Malkit Singh||May 2012||Musician||"King of Bhangra"|
|25||Harry Moseley||August 2012||Fundraising/Charity|
|26||Jaki Graham||October 2012||Singer|
|27||Ellie Simmonds||December 2012||Paralympian||Multiple Gold Medal winning swimmer|
|28||David Harewood||July 2013||Actor||Actor famous for his role in Homeland|
|29||Jeff Lynne||March 2014||Singer/Composer/Musician||Member of Electric Light Orchestra and The Move|
|30||Trevor Francis||November 2014||Footballer||Professional footballer from Birmingham City F.C.|
|31||Ian Lavender||22 June 2015||Actor||Private Pike in Dad's Army|
|32||Dennis Amiss||Cricket||Played for England and Warwickshire and was ECB Deputy Chairman|
|33||Ann Haydon Jones||Tennis||First left handed female Wimbledon winner|
|34||Toyah Willcox||11 December 2016||Singer Actress|
|35||Don Maclean||11 December 2016||Comedian Actor|
The Walk of Stars website lists other potential nominees on which the public are invited to vote. These include:
- Bill Oddie
- Clive Owen
- The Moody Blues
- Toyah Willcox
- Electric Light Orchestra
- Benjamin Campbell
- Judas Priest
- Denise Lewis
- Johnnie Walker
- Martin Shaw
- Benjamin Zephaniah
- Adrian Chiles
- Sir Simon Rattle
- Cat Deeley
- Robert Plant
- Duran Duran
- The Move
- "Ozzy's Coming Home - 6 July 2007 3pm - 4:30 pm". Birmingham Walk of Stars Broad Street. Archived from the original on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- Carrott on Brummie Walk of Stars, BBC News, 15 September 2007; retrieved 6 November 2007.
- Walk of Stars is fenced off, Birmingham Mail, 26 October 2007; retrieved 6 November 2007.
- BBC Birmingham - Julie Walters
- Greatrex, Jonny (18 April 2009). "Aston Villa legends take place on Walk of Stars". Birmingham Mail. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
- "We're all about football this summer!". Walk of Stars. Retrieved 2009-03-26.[dead link]
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