6 July 2015

There are just a few days left to make nominations for this year’s Sheffield Legend and for the first of the new Civic Awards to honour the city’s ‘unsung heroes’.

There has already been lots of interest in these special awards. The closing date for nominations is on Friday (10 July), although any names sent in after that date will be carried forward to the next round of awards.

This year’s Sheffield Legend will join the exclusive ‘walk of fame’ outside the Town Hall alongside the likes of local heroes Joe Cocker, Sean Bean, Michael Palin and Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Sheffield’s local heroes will also be honoured in the new Civic Awards to recognise the valuable work carried out by stalwarts of the community who have contributed so much to life in the city – possibly through charity work, in schools, sports clubs and a wide range of organisations – or simply as an individual.

Commenting on the awards, Sheffield’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Talib Hussain said: “These are very special honours. The Sheffield Legends are highly valued by the recipients, as they are chosen by the people of Sheffield. But we also wanted to recognise the many ‘unsung heroes’ who do such valuable work within the local community.

“I hope we will receive a wide selection of nominations so that we can celebrate our local heroes who do so much to enhance Sheffield’s reputation.”

Those eligible for the Sheffield Legends award must either have been born in Sheffield or have a very strong association with the city and must have achieved recognition at national or preferably at international level.

Nominations can be made on the Council’s web site at Sheffield Legendsby Friday 10 July.

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Notes for editors:
This is the current list of Sheffield Legends:

Gordon Banks – England’s World Cup winning goalkeeper.
Sean Bean – internationally-renown actor.
Jarvis Cocker – iconic lead singer with Pulp and radio presenter
Joe Cocker – internationally famous musician.
Sebastian Coe – Olympic medal winner and Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Derek Dooley – Sheffield footballing legend with both United and Wednesday.
Dame Margaret Drabble – internationally respected novelist and critic.
Jessica Ennis – Olympic Champion heptathlete.
Professor Barry Hancock – leading cancer treatment specialist.
Brendan Ingle – trainer to world champion boxers.
Def Leppard – top-selling rock band.
Nick Matthew – World squash champion.
David Mellor – internationally-acclaimed designer.
Michael Palin – famous film and television personality.
Joe Scarborough – unique Sheffield artist.
Helen Sharman – first British astronaut.
Joe Simpson – one of the world’s premier rock climbers.
Michael Vaughan – Yorkshire and England cricket captain.
Clinton Woods – World Champion boxer.