Famous Stevenage faces unveiled

23 Jan 2015

A host of famous faces from the worlds of theatre, film, art and literature past and present are gracing the walkway through Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre, complementing their sporting counterparts whose pictures were unveiled in November.

The new pictures, which show personalities from the arts world who have lived, worked or performed in Stevenage, will be formally unveiled by a trio of stars. On Friday 30 January from 4pm, author Ken Follett and musician Ken Hensley (of Uriah Heep), who feature on the panels, will join actress Vicki Michelle, who is the Gordon Craig Theatre’s patron, to jointly reveal the arts panels.

Other stars on display include actors Leslie Phillips, Ed Westwick, the late Sir Michael Hordern and the late Denholm Elliott, poet John Cooper Clarke, writer Gary Younge, and musicians Gordon Scott and Cathy Lesurf. There are famous historical figures including Edward Bulwer Lytton, Ellen Terry, Gordon Craig and EM Forster, as well as a celebration of the works of sculptors and architects in the town.

The photo friezes in the walkway are part of Stevenage Borough Council’s work to improve the appearance of the town centre.

Cllr Howard Burrell, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said, “Stevenage has a rich cultural heritage, and over the years we have nurtured talent in music, art, literature and theatre. This is a fitting tribute to lots of people’s achievements in the world of arts, and I’m pleased that some of the people we’re celebrating are going to officially open the display. I hope that people who walk past and see the pictures will be inspired to go on and fulfil their own ambitions.”

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