Musician Bill Nelson to receive Wakefield Star

Musician Bill Nelson
Musician Bill Nelson

City born guitarist and songwriter Bill Nelson will be honoured with a Wakefield Star today (Monday).

The 65-year-old, born in Westgate End, will be presented with the Hollywood-style star during a ceremony at Unity Hall.

The influential musician is best known for being the frontman of band Be-Bop Deluxe in the 1970s.

He will receive the star in recognition of his musical achievements.

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

“He is a brilliant ambassador for the district and I look forward to celebrating his many achievements.”

The Wakefield Star scheme – originally launched in 2010 – recognises the achievements of individuals in sport, culture, science and engineering and celebrates those who have supported their local community.

Mr Nelson’s star will be placed in the district’s walk of fame alongside other famous local people.

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