Icons of Bristol gathered at Bristol Zoo last night (Thursday) for the official induction ceremony for the Bristol Walk of Fame.
The city’s most renowned people, places and icons from across the historic, creative, sporting and wildlife spectrum are celebrated on the walk at Bristol Zoo, after being voted on by members of the public.
Now an additional 10 local figures have been added to the 49 existing stars on the walk, which opened last year in celebration of the Zoo’s 175th anniversary.
The new inductees are: Bristol Rovers FC; Bristol City FC; Rosie & Wendy the elephants that used to live at Bristol Zoo; founder of CLIC Sargent, Bob Woodward; Darth Vader actor, David Prowse; founder of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Sir George White; cricketer Marcus Trescothick, Olympic ice skater, Robin Cousins; snooker-player, Judd Trump and Bristol Zoo’s summer art project, Wow! Gorillas.
Many of the new icons, or their representatives, attended a private garden party at the Zoo to induct them onto The Bristol Walk of Fame. The icons are honoured on specially designed Bristol Blue Glass plaques placed around the Zoo’s 12-acre site.
David Prowse, best known as Darth Vader from Star Wars, gladly accepted his plaque, saying: “I’m honoured to be on the Bristol Walk of Fame at the Zoo, and to have been voted for by the people of Bristol is great.”
He added: “I grew up in Bristol and used to visit the Zoo on a regular basis. I remember Rosie the elephant, she was a great attraction, and I have fond memories of visiting the Zoo’s aquarium too. It is a lovely place and I have very happy memories of Zoo trips with my mother.”
Bob Woodward, founder of CLIC Sargent, the biggest childhood cancer care charity in the country, also attended the event. He said: “I’ve received some wonderful accolades in my life, including Pride of Britain ‘lifetime achievement’ award last year, but anything that is linked to the city that I love so much is fantastic and I am delighted. As a child it was always such a treat to come to the Zoo, it was simply magic and it still so clearly inscribed in my mind. I still visit with my grandchildren, so I am thrilled to bits to be given this award.”
Chairman of Bristol Rovers Football Club, Nick Higgs, added: “Everyone at Bristol Rovers is delighted to become a part of the Bristol Walk of Fame. Like Bristol Zoo we consider ourselves an important part of the local community, and it is fantastic to be recognised in this way.
It is also an honour to be included alongside a host of great icons who have helped to make Bristol the great city that it is.”
Director of Bristol Zoo, Dr Bryan Carroll, said: “Bristol has a well-known reputation for producing talented and inspiring people and we are pleased to be celebrating these new icons on our Bristol Walk of Fame. Similarly, Bristol Zoo has long-standing links with the local community and we are happy to be holding an event which recognises all that is great about our wonderful city.”
He added: “We are particularly pleased that the people of Bristol have voted for Wendy and Rosie the elephants and our Wow! Gorillas project to be included on the walk.
“Although no longer with us, Rosie and Wendy hold a place in many people’s hearts as they gave rides to many thousands of children over the years. Equally, our Wow! Gorillas project was wonderfully well received by the people of Bristol and beyond last year, so it is great that it will now be commemorated on the Bristol Walk of Fame.”
Previous inductees included a host of famous names from Banksy, Massive Attack, Justin Lee Collins, toJ.K Rowling, Tony Robinson, Bill Bailey, and the Wurzels.
The Bristol Walk of Fame is sponsored by Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-School and has been created in association with Walk of Fame Ltd trademark owners and operators of cultural attractions in the UK.
To find out more about the Bristol Walk of Fame, visit the Zoo’s website at www.bristolzoo.org.uk/wow-walk-of-fame.
Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work in the zoo, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.
For more information about Bristol Zoo Gardens visit the website at www.bristolzoo.org.uk or phone 0117 974 7300.