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City strides towards a Walkway of Fame

Bermuda residents who have contributed to the Island are to be celebrated on a Walkway of Fame through the streets of Hamilton.

And the city's Mayor hopes the star-studded route, which will stretch the length of Court Street from Front Street through to Angle Street, will encourage people to visit parts of Hamilton which are regarded by some as being off the beaten track.

The names of celebrated residents will be cast in plaques that will be inserted into the sidewalks along Court Street.

The names of National Heroes have already been earmarked for a plaque, and the Corporation is now seeking input from the public to expand its list.

Hamilton Mayor Graeme Outerbridge said: “The objective of the Walkway of Fame is to honour people who have made contributions to Bermuda.

“The Walkway of Fame will stretch the length of Court Street from Front Street through to Angle Street. It is hoped that this tribute will encourage people who historically may not travel through Court Street to do so. We want residents and visitors alike to experience the entire city, especially parts of our city that have been underserved in the past.”

Mayor Outerbridge said that an Organising Committee has already met with area residents and businesses to discuss the proposal, and is now seeking suggestions from the general public.

“I am encouraging everyone to think about who they would like to see honoured on the walkway. The person could have lived, worked and contributed to the development of their community anywhere in Bermuda,” the Mayor said.

“The criterion is simply stated — individuals, groups or associations who have positively impacted the lives of people in Bermuda through their professional or volunteer work and must have lived in Bermuda.”

Along with all National Heroes who automatically qualify, a selection committee will be choosing five candidates each year from those put forward by the public. The first plaques are planned to be unveiled in October, with new honorees identified and added annually.

To make a recommendation, application forms can be downloaded from the City of Hamilton website at www.cityofhamilton.bm or collected from the administration offices at City Hall. The forms can be returned to City Hall or e-mailed to communications@cityhall.bm.

The Corporation will also be hosting two in-person nomination opportunities at the Emmanuel Baptist Church Hall on Monday, May 20 between 10am and 12 noon, and on Saturday, June 5, between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Nominations for this year's ceremony must be sent in by June 7.

Mayor Outerbridge said: “I encourage everyone in Bermuda to think of individuals or organisations who have contributed to the development and care of their immediate community, parish or to Bermuda in general.

“This is an opportunity to say thank you to those who made a difference to the lives of the people around them."

* Who would you nominate and why? Email news@royalgazette.com with your suggestions.

Watch this space: A group of visitors walk along the sidewalk on Court Street between Front and Angle Streets where a Walkway of Fame is to be installed.

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Published May 10, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 09, 2013 at 11:08 pm)

City strides towards a Walkway of Fame

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