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New icons revealed for Bristol’s Walk of Fame

Bristol Rovers on the Walk of FamePress release

April 27, 2012

An additional 10 iconic local figures are due to be added to The Bristol Walk of Fame at Bristol Zoo Gardens.

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.

The attraction opened last year as part of Bristol Zoo’s 175th birthday celebrations and features 49 of the city’s most well-loved celebrities, organisations and landmarks.

Now an additional 10 icons will be added to the Walk of Fame, and further figures will be added each year for the coming three years.

The new inductees are: Bristol Rovers FC; Bristol City FC; Rosie & Wendy the elephants that used to live at Bristol Zoo; cricketer Marcus Trescothick; founder of CLIC Sargent, Bob Woodward; Darth Vader actor, David Prowse, Olympic ice skater, Robin Cousins; snooker-player, Judd Trump and Bristol Zoo’s summer art project, Wow! Gorillas.

Each year an honorary icon is also inducted, exempt from the public vote, and this year’s honorary icon is Sir George White, founder of the Bristol Aeroplane Company.

Many of the new icons, or their representatives, will be attending a private garden party at the Zoo on the evening of Thursday, May 10 2012, to induct them onto The Bristol Walk of Fame. 

David Prowse on the Bristol Walk of FamePrevious 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 consists of a trail of specially designed Bristol Blue Glass plaques within the grounds of the Zoo, each bearing the names of famous inductees. It 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 BristolZoo Gardensvisit the website at www.bristolzoo.org.uk or phone 0117 974 7300.

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For more information please contact Bristol Zoo’s press office:
Lucy King, T: 0117 974 7306, email: lking@bristolzoo.org.uk

Hannah Worrall, T: 0117 974 7309, email: hworrall@bristolzoo.org.uk

Notes to the Editor:

The Bristol Walk of Fame

·         The Bristol Walk of Walk Fame is licensed in association with Walk of Fame Ltd www.walkoffame.co.uk

Bristol Zoo Gardens

·         Bristol Zoo is open from 9am every day except Christmas Day. 

·         Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on income from visitors and supporters to continue its important work. 

·         Bristol Zoo is involved with more than 100 co-ordinated breeding programmes for threatened wildlife species. 

·         It employs over 150 full and part-time staff to care for the animals and run a successful visitor attraction to support its conservation and education work. 

·         Bristol Zoo supports – through finance and skill sharing - 15 projects in the UK and abroad that conserveand protectsome of the world’s most endangered species.

·         In 2011 Bristol Zoo celebrated its 175th birthday. Over that past 175 years, the Zoo has brought six generations of Bristolians closer to wildlife, helped save over 175 species from extinction, established over 30 field conservation and research programmes all over the world, showed 40 millionschool-aged children the wonder of nature and given more than 90 million visitors a wonderful day out.

·         In 2010 Bristol Zoo Gardens set up a Conservation Fund to raise vital funds to help care for threatened animals and plants – both in the Zoo and through the conservation work we do in the UK and around the world.

·         Bristol Zoo Gardens is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums. BIAZA represents more than 90 member collections and promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums.

Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-school

·         Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-School is Bristol’s largest provider of pre-school childcare services.

·         Based in Hanham, it provides care for more than 800 children per week from nine sites in Bristol and one in Taunton, Somerset.

·         Mama Bear’s Day Nursery is a family-run organisation employing 250 staff, most of whom are qualified to level three or above. It is also part of the Apprentice programme, with 12 places across 12 sites.

·         The company was established in September 2002 with the aim of making high-quality, affordable childcare available to families living or working in and around Bristol.

·         The first nursery opened its doors in February 2004 in Brislington, followed in March 2004 by another in Shirehampton. Since then Mama Bear’s has opened an average of one new nursery per year.

·         It currently operates nurseries in Brislington, Shirehampton, Hengrove, Clifton, Downend, Soundwell, Cadbury Heath, Taunton, Fishponds, Crews Hole and Paignton.

·         The nurseries & pre-schools are open from 7.30am to 7.00pm from Monday to Friday, 51 weeks of the year (excluding bank holidays).

·         Mama Bear’s Day Nursery is consistently rated by OFSTED as Good or Outstanding.

·         For more information visit the website at www.mamabear.co.uk