Joe Scarborough joins 'Walk of Fame'

Joe Scarborough will today get his own star outside the Sheffield Town Hall.

The artist of international repute, who was born in Pitsoor in 1938, will be inducted into the Sheffield 'Walk of Fame'.

Using his own background he has created a wealth of everyday 'real' images depicting the life and people of South Yorkshire.

Scarborough began work as a laboratory assistant at Batchelors and then became a face worker at the Thorpe Hessley Colliery. He was inspired to paint by the contrast of the darkness of the mines against the lightness of the real world above ground level.

In 1968 disenchantment with the pits he became a 'Jack of all Trades'. He was a labourer, municipal park gardener and a washer upper for some years, whilst nurturing a dream to be a full-time painter. For years he pushed a hand cart, packed with paintings round all his local pubs selling what he could in almost folk-lore tradition - becoming at times, like the characters he went on to portray in later scenes.

His first one-man show lasted for two years at the Attic Cafe near Sheffield's main bus station. One-man and mixed exhibitions followed which took the everyday scenes of Yorkshire life from Sheffield to Rotherham to London to San Francisco to Chicago and back of course to his first love, Sheffield.

Scarborough paintings now appear in several major collections and numerous works have been imprinted. His largest work dominates the entrance to the Odeon Cinema in Sheffield, a mural depicting the history of Sheffield.

Sheffield's Lord Mayor, Cllr Jane Bird said:

"It is wholly appropriate that Sheffield should be celebrating one of its most successful artists. Joe is a wonderful role model for those who have a real desire to succeed in their life's ambition and he has proved it is possible with enough determination. I am very proud to welcome Joe into the city's walk of fame as a Sheffield Legend."