Two of Derby’s city centre streets are to become star-studded in May.

That’s when the city unveils its first walk of fame honouring ten inspirational people who were either born in Derby or have strong connections to the city.

Named ‘Made in Derby’, eight stars, honouring ten people, will be embedded in Exchange Street and Albion Street. Two stars will each honour two individuals because of the joint nature of their work.  Each plaque will have a feature allowing Smart Phone users to access more information about the individuals and their achievements.

The names will be unveiled on Saturday 12th May at 11.45 am during a civic ceremony that follows fun-filled and hilarious street entertainment by comics, stilt walkers, slack rope walkers and the ‘Snap Happy Paparazzi’. The entire event is open free of charge to the public.

Syrovy - Artizani, An Act Above – Love Belles, Man on the Moon - George Orange and The Two Men – Snap Happy Paparazzi
Syrovy – Artizani, An Act Above – Love Belles, Man on the Moon – George Orange and The Two Men – Snap Happy Paparazzi

Made in Derby is a joint project, involving Derby City Council, Derby Telegraph and local business leaders.

Last November, nominations for names on the plaques were invited and there were numerous recommendations in many fields of endeavours. Those suggested ranged from unsung heroes to some of the most well-known names in Derby’s history.

The final ten that were selected represent people in business, visual & performing arts, sports, politics, peace campaigning, innovation and industry.

The artwork is being produced and installed by artist Tim Clapcott, who also created the Friar Gate heads on Derby’s Friar Gate and the Talking Heads at Speakers Corner.

The cost of the project is £70,000, which is being part-funded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership – the private sector-led partnership promoting economic growth, jobs and business start-ups in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Made in Derby is part of a bigger £1.9m city centre improvement scheme in which D2N2 has invested £1.65m from its Local Growth Fund allocation.