News

16 September 2019

Ten stars added to Made In Derby Exhibit

Ten new stars have joined the second phase of the popular Made in Derby interactive walk of fame.

The new mosaic plaques were unveiled in the Market Place and Iron Gate on Saturday morning (14 September).

The stars make a trail across the city and are a collection of mosaic and cast-iron plaques that celebrate the lives of people who have had a huge impact on the city. Each plaque can be brought to life via augmented reality, by using the “Made in Derby” app on a smartphone. The plaques were designed and created by artist Tim Clapcott with the augmented reality designed and created by Arnold Pollock.

The new stars were unveiled by Mayor of the City of Derby, Councillor Frank Harwood, and the family and friends of the honoured Derbians.

Karam Singh, British break-dancing World Champion, was the first person announced to join the Walk of Fame. He provided entertainment on the morning with this Derby-based dance troop, the Trinity Warriors, who were featured on Sky 1’s Got to Dance.

Made in Derby

The stars are a partnership between Derby City Council and D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership with additional support from the Cathedral Quarter BID and the Derby Telegraph.

D2N2 is the private sector-led partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary services representatives which promotes economic growth across the area of Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

The newest additions to the Made in Derby Walk of Fame are:

  • Florence Nightingale, the heroine of the Crimean War and the major founder of the modern profession of nursing
  • Adam Peaty, Olympic champion breaststroke swimmer who won the Gold medal at the Olympic Games at Rio in 2016, which earned him the Freedom of the City of Derby later that year
  • Marion Adnams, the English painter, printmaker and draughtswoman, best known for her surrealist paintings
  • Bird Brothers – Frank, Thomas and Reginald, Derby born bakers, founders of the Bird’s Bakery chain
  • Karam Singh, Solo world champion breakdancer from Normanton
  • Jack O’Connell, British TV and film actor well known for his roles in Skins and Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut Unbroken
  • Lara Croft, Archaeologist video game and film heroine created in Derby
  • Liam Sharp, Marvel and DC comic book artist, famous for drawing Spiderman and Wonder Women comics
  • John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, who prepared a 3,000-star catalogue, Catalogus Britannicus
  • Steve Bloomer, Derby County football legend who signed to the club as a professional footballer in April 1892

The stars have joined the original ten plaques that are situated on Albion Street and Exchange Street in Derby city centre.

The first phase of Made in Derby was launched in May 2018 to honour some of the city’s most outstanding citizens and to celebrate the city’s heritage.

Media wanting more information about the D2N2 LEP can contact Luke Stott, D2N2 Digital Marketing Officer, on 0115 9578749 or email: Luke.Stott@d2n2lep.org