posted on 9 December 2011

Wakefield Trinity and rugby league legend Neil Fox MBE has been honoured by his home city with a Wakefield Star.

Wildcats CEO James Elston was on hand to congratulate both Neil and Jane on their Wakefield Stars

The second phase of Wakefield Stars – the pavement award scheme which recognises the national achievements of Wakefield residents past and present was officially launched this week.

Hundreds of nominations have been received from the public and the winners include singer and TV presenter Jane McDonald, novelist Stan Barstow, Elizabethan explorer Sir Martin Frobisher and of course, Fox, who was awarded the Freedom of the City last year.

Wakefield Council Leader, Cllr Peter Box CBE said: “I am proud to announce the next phase of Wakefield Stars which recognises people we are most proud of in this district.  I am particularly pleased that Neil and Jane have been chosen as they are excellent ambassadors for Wakefield.

“These stars are a lasting and ongoing celebration of individual talent and achievements, giving Wakefield its own walk of fame.  I am grateful to everyone who sent in nominations and look forward to receiving more names for the awards next year.”

Neil Fox said: “I received the Freedom of the City of Wakefield last year which is one of the highest accolades I have ever received. I am delighted to receive a Wakefield Star and would like to thank the public for voting for me.”

Jane McDonald said: “When I first heard about being nominated for a Wakefield Star I was absolutely thrilled but then to be told I have actually been accepted for one, well I cannot tell you how proud I am.  This is a great honour. Thank you very much.”

You can watch more from the presentation of the Wakefield Stars on Wildcats TV by clicking HERE.

Stars recognised in the first phase are The Cribs, John Godber, Charles Waterton, Henry Moore, David Topliss, Barbara Hepworth and John Harrison. Their plaques are in and around the Bull Ring.

Information about all of the winners and nominees is available on the Council’s website www.wakefield.gov.uk. The second phase of stars will be installed in Westmorland Street which forms part of the route leading from The Bull Ring to Wakefield Waterfront and will be available to view in December.

To vote for Fox in the poll to find who will be immortalised in a statue outside Wembley, click HERE.

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