England legend to enter hall of fame
WORLD Cup winner Gordon Banks will become the first Sheffield legend to be inducted into the city's new Hall of Fame tomorrow when he unveils his own plaque outside the Town Hall.
The former goalkeeper from Tinsley was part of the 1966 England squad, played for his country for ten years and was honoured by the Queen with an OBE.
He was among hundreds of local heroes nominated for the Hall of Fame and becomes the first of a group of nine to be chosen.
Other bronze plaques to be set in paving stones in front of the Town Hall will be dedicated to actors Michael Palin and Sean Bean; musicians Joe Cocker, Jarvis Cocker and Def Leppard; former athlete and now Chair of the London Olympic bid Lord Sebastian Coe; the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman; and Joe Simpson, one of the world's best rock climbers.
Councillor Jan Wilson, leader of Sheffield Council, said: "I am delighted that Gordon will be the first legend to be inducted into the hall of fame. It is appropriate that it should take place in this 40th anniversary year of England winning the World Cup and, as one of the all-time great goalkeepers, he truly deserves his place as a Sheffield Legend."
08 May 2006