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Recorder readers vote for who should star on the Essex Walk of Fame

PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 September 2018

Havering Council are currently in talks to bring an Essex Walk of Fame to Romford. Photo: Lionel Hahn/PA Archive/PA Images

Havering Council are currently in talks to bring an Essex Walk of Fame to Romford. Photo: Lionel Hahn/PA Archive/PA Images

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More details about the plans for an Essex Walk of Fame in Romford have been revealed, and the public have shared their suggestions to the Recorder of who they think deserves a star!

Some of the names have included stars from sport, television, Hollywood and celebrities from all walks of life.

There has also been some local nominations too!

Suggestions have included actors Danny Dyer and Michael Caine, punk rock music legend Ian Dury, footballer Frank Lampard and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, along with a number of recommendations for Harold Wood rapper Big Zeus and Jo Sultana - the founder of Romford Film Festival.

The Recorder has also spoken with film-maker, producer and writer Tony Klinger, who is working with Havering Council, Romford Film Festival and David Courtney from the UK Walk Of Fame on bringing the star-studded street to Romford.

Tony is the son of producer Michael Klinger, with whom he worked on the film Get Carter starring Michael Caine in 1971, and was an assistant director on The Avengers in the 1960s.

He was awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award at the Romford Film Festival this year, for his film about his late father, “The Man Who Got Carter”.

Tony said that the Essex Walk of Fame will be similar to the one that is already at Brighton Pier, and will include an interactive feature so the public can use an app to find out more about who the stars are and there links to Essex.

He said that a panel of judges will choose 100 people for the first shortlist of who could feature on the walk of fame, and then the public will vote for the top 30 who will be given stars.

The walk of fame will be an ongoing project according to Tony - who said that every year four to five new stars will be added.

Celebrities, sports and movie stars alike will all be invited to the unveiling of their star, and Tony is hopeful that a number will attend the grand opening - which if everything goes to plan, should be Spring next year.

If you have any suggestions for who should be on the Essex Walk of Fame please send them to liam.coleman@archant.co.uk

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