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Project led by daily editor spawns Hollywood-style ‘walk of fame’

A city has unveiled its own Hollywood-style ‘walk of fame’ following a scheme spearheaded by a regional daily editor.

The Made in Derby walk was officially unveiled following a project led by Derby Telegraph editor Steve Hall, who chaired the steering committee in charge of the initiative.

The walk contains eight cast-iron and marble plaques featuring famous names with links to Derby.

Those to have been honoured include artist Joseph Wright, Derby County football management duo Brian Clough and Peter Taylor, actor Sir John Hurt and aero engineering pioneers Charles Rolls and Sir Henry Royce.

The plaque for Louis Martin

The plaque for Louis Martin

Plaques have also been put in place for Tudor entrepreneur Bess of Hardwick, weightlifting champion Louis Martin, anti-war campaigner Alice Wheeldon and Derby MP Philip Noel-Baker.

At the unveiling of the plaques on Saturday lunchtime, it was also revealed plans have been made for a second commemorative trail to be constructed.

More than 200 individual people nominated for the first walk of fame.

Said Steve: “It is great news that there will be a second walk of fame. Such a rich pool of people, without whom Derby would be very different, means that we could do several walks of fame in the future.”

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