24 June 2015

Nominations are now being invited to recognise this year’s Sheffield Legend and the new Civic Awards to honour the city’s ‘unsung heroes’.

This year’s Sheffield Legend will join the exclusive ‘walk of fame’ outside the Town Hall alongside the likes of local heroes Sean Bean, Def Leppard, 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.

The City Council would like to recognise these unsung heroes with a personal ‘thank you’ from Sheffield’s Lord Mayor.

Commenting on the new Civic Awards, the Lord Mayor, Councillor Talib Hussain said: “These are very special honours. We wanted to recognise the many ‘unsung heroes’ who do such valuable work within local communities, but are generally unknown. The Civic Awards will honour these stalwarts of the community and I will look forward to thanking them in person for all their hard work.”

Nominations for the awards should arrive by Friday 10 July with brief reasons for each nomination. Any nominations received after this date will be carried over to be considered for the next round of awards.

Local people are also being asked to nominate their favourites to become this year’s Sheffield Legend. An independent panel will then be given the tough task of choosing this year’s Legend.

Sheffield Legends honour the city’s heroes from various walks of life – from the arts to science and from sport to industry. They have a special plaque set into the pavement ‘Hollywood Boulevard-style’ – believed to be the first of its kind in this country. The Legend selected will be invited for an ‘unveiling’ ceremony outside the Town Hall in the heart of the city.

When the initiative was launched 11 years ago hundreds of nominations were received from the public for their heroes to become Sheffield Legends. The nominations will be considered by an independent Selection Board representing various sectors in the city – the arts, sport, education, media and business – which will be chaired by the Lord Mayor.

So far 19 personalities have been honoured representing a wide cross-section of activities, but all have a strong connection with Sheffield – either being born in the city or having lived here for many years and are strongly associated with the city.

The Lord Mayor continued: “I know the Sheffield Legends are highly valued by the recipients, as they are chosen by the people of Sheffield.

“I hope everyone will send in their choices to become a Sheffield Legend and be truly representative of the internationally-renown personalities from many walks of life associated with this city. The aim is to keep the Legends topical, so we are looking for people who the public can relate to today.”

Those eligible for the awards 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. Nominees will be required to write up to 300 words to say why their choice should receive the honour. All the nominations will be considered by the Selection Board.

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


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.