Hollywood style tribute for star Wakefield musician

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MUSICIAN and songwriter Bill Nelson of 1970s rock band Be Bop Deluxe is the latest Wakefield-born star be to nominated for a Hollywood style tribute in his home city.

The former Wakefield College of Art student will be presented with his Wakefield Star during a ceremony at the newly re-opened Unity Hall next month.

The star will be set in a paving in Wakefield city centre alongside those of the dozen Wakefield-born recipients previously honoured.

They include sculptor Barbara Hepworth, writer Stan Barstow, rugby league legend Neil Fox and rock band The Cribs.

Mr Nelson, 66, was the lead singer and guitar player in Be Bop Deluxe. The band released a string of critically acclaimed albums in the 1970s. Mr Neslon also release a number of solo albums.

The Wakefield Star scheme – originally launched in 2010 – recognises the achievements of individuals in sport, culture, science and engineering and those who have supported their local community or who are seen as nationally recognized leaders in their profession or industry.

Now Wakefield Council chiefs are re-launching the scheme and are seeking to recognise successful locally grown businesses who have helped shape Wakefield, or have put the area on the map nationally.

Wakefield Council leader Coun Peter Box, said: “I am thrilled to present the next Wakefield Star to our very own home grown entertainer Bill Nelson next month.

“I am delighted with the return of the Wakefield Stars which will recognise people and businesses we are most proud of from across Wakefield and the district. I am sure there are many deserving stars waiting to be nominated and I urge residents to get their nominations in.”

The next stages of nominations are open until the end of the year. Nominations can be made at libraries in the district or at www.wakefield.gov.uk

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