TOYAH TO BE HONOURED ON BIRMINGHAM WALK OF STARS

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Toyah Willcox and Don Maclean are to be honoured with a star on Birmingham’s Walk of Stars in Broad Street.

The pair will be awarded their stars during a special show hosted by Walk of Stars’ chairman Jasper Carrott at the Birmingham Rep from 2.30pm on Sunday 11 December.

As well as performing at the show, Toyah and Don will receive their stars from Birmingham City Council leader Coun John Clancy.

More than 30 celebrities and achievers have been recognised with a star on Broad Street since Ozzy Osbourne received the first one on July 6, 2007.

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They include Jasper Carrott, Noddy Holder, Murray Walker, Norman Painting, Tony Iommi, Tony ‘Bomber’ Brown, Frank Skinner, Gil Merrick, Ray Graydon, Julie Walters, Gary Newbon, Lenny Henry, Beverly Knight, Joan Armatrading, Chris Tarrant, David Bintley, Roy Wood, Bev Bevan, micro-surgeon Sir Keith Porter, Royal Marine Lance Corporal Matt Croucher GC, Laurie Mansfield, Nigel Mansell, Malkit Singh, Harry Moseley, Jaki Graham, Ellie Simmonds, David Harewood, Trevor Francis, Ian Lavender and Jeff Lynne.

The Archers, Aston Villa’s 1982 European Cup winning team and Birmingham Royal Ballet have also been honoured.

Toyah, now 58, grew up in Kings Heath and went to the Old Rep Drama School after which she got her first lead role with the BBC.

Her films include Quadrophenia and last year’s Aaaaaaaah! for which she appeared in a Q&A with director Steve Oram at the Electric Cinema.

In 2012 Bev Bevan, former ELO drummer, presented Toyah with a Kings Heath Walk of Fame star.

Toyah said: “I am thrilled to be receiving a star on the Birmingham Walk of Stars.

“Having spent my childhood and teenage years in this great city I developed my love of music and theatre here thanks to all the great music venues and theatres available within the one city.

“Before I was 14 years old, I had seen Marc Bolan, David Bowie, Mott the Hoople, Black Sabbath and Hawkwind play – admittedly I lied about my age everywhere I went – and these artists inspired me to become a musician.

“My career began at BBC Pebble Mill, a place where dreams came true for me.

“Now I live half an hour away from my birthplace, Kings Heath, so I can visit the centre of Birmingham often and to see the transition the city has been through is awe-inspiring.

Toyah continued: “The arts in Birmingham are leading the way with a creative community keeping it firmly on the map of creative innovation.“My only wish is my parents could be with me on this day, sadly that cannot be.

“My father’s antique shop stood on Broad Street, just at the corner of the Hyatt Hotel!”

A limited amount of tickets for the celebratory event for Sunday 11 December are free and available through the Birmingham Rep theatre box office from 9am on Wednesday, November 23. Tickets can also be booked online