The Star Walk 2013: Historians set to reveal The Star Walk nostalgia

Jenny Morton (front, right), chair of the Hillsborough and Owlerton local history group, and fellow members at their recent meeting at Hillsborough Arena.
Jenny Morton (front, right), chair of the Hillsborough and Owlerton local history group, and fellow members at their recent meeting at Hillsborough Arena.

The Star Walk is steeped in history and played an important part in Sheffield’s sporting calendar.

So this year, as well as fundraising for a great city cause we will be enjoying a celebration of the event’s past.

Members of Hillsborough And Owlerton Local History Group have volunteered to help add a nostalgic feel to the family-friendly day.

The one mile walk starts and finishes at Hillsborough Arena, where the group holds its regular meetings.

Now members will be digging into the past to put on a display reminding walkers of days goneby.

It will include photos and information about the area around Hillsborough which members have collected over the years. There will also be pictures of the Star Walk taken from Sheffield Newspapers’ own archive.

This year’s Star Walk is fundraising for the Women of Steel Statue Appeal and photos of women in the city’s steelworks will be included.

The display will be on show throughout Sunday, April 28, alongside the maquette of the statue being created by sculptor Martin Jennings.

And if you have a photo, certificate, medal or memento which you think should be included then just let us know. It is a great chance to dig out reminders of the Hillsborough area and The Star Walk in its heyday.

There will be plenty of things to do on the day as well as supporting the event.

Staff at the Arena will be offering special lunch deals to walkers who fancy making a day of it and sharing stories of old times.

There will be balloon modelling for children as well as musical entertainment in the form of a barrel organ.

- Do you have memorabilia or old photos of Hillsborough or the Star Walk which you would like to have included in the display?

Email jpeg attachments to nancy.fielder@thestar.co.uk or send them to Star Walk 2013, The Star, York Street, Sheffield, S1 1PU. And if you would like to get involved in anyone let us know.

Twice as nice with double backing from legal company

A SHEFFIELD firm of solicitors has pledged a double whammy of support for The Star Walk 2013.

Rosalind Watchorn Solicitors is the latest city business to offer its help - sponsoring the event as staff also pledge to take part in the walk.

All money raised will go to the Women of Steel Statue Appeal which will stand as a permanent reminder of the work women did in the steelworks during both wars.

Rosalind is hoping many of the firm’s older clients will get behind the event and join the walk on Sunday, April 28.

She said: “We have our roots in Sheffield and the local community and see the statue as a fitting memorial to all those brave and feisty local women who kept the steel mills working during the first and second world war.

“We specialise in working with older Sheffield folk and the most rewarding part of our job is just listening to their stories of lives gone by and their contributions.

“We are all aware of what our fathers and grandfathers did during the two World Wars. But without the women of Sheffield there would not have been tanks and fighter planes and they continued with their vital work throughout bombing raids doing long and exhausting shifts in the heat of the steel mills.

“It is a shame that recognition was not given some time ago when more of these women would have been able to see their contribution was acknowledged.”

The firm is made up mainly of female lawyers and five out of the six solicitors are women.

Rosalind said the Women of Steel campaign was a great reminder that the struggle to be recognised within the workplace started not with the changes in the 1960s.

“It began many years before when British women took the place of the men and showed what they could achieve,” she said.

“I hope our daughters and granddaughters will remember this - surely such a magnificent statue will be one way they’ll learn of our heritage.”