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Mi Amigo Tony's date with star revealed

Posted by: Ashley Birch
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Tony Foulds with the BBC's Dan Walker at the new flagpole

Tony Foulds is to receive a star on the Sheffield 'walk of fame' for his dedication to a war memorial in honour of 10 American airmen who crashed in Endcliffe Park in 1944

After the announcement back in March, Sheffield City Council have revealed Mi Amigo hero Tony Foulds will receive his star outside the Town Hall on Monday 8 July, at 1.30pm.

 

Tony becomes the 21st Sheffielder to be recognised with a star on the walk of fame and joins celebrities like Sean Bean, musicians Def Leppard and athlete Sebastian Coe who have all helped put the city on the map and raised its national and international profile.

 

Tony said: "It's fair to say 2019 has been an amazing year. There will be a tear in my eye on Monday and I'm thrilled of course, but my first thought will always be to the memorial at Endcliffe Park. This is a proud moment but I'm just glad that those boys have been given the recognition they so deserved."

 

Tony was spotted by BBC Breakfast and Football Focus presenter Dan Walker lovingly caring for the memorial in Endcliffe Park as he walked his dog in January this year.

 

The broadcaster heard Tony's story about how, as an eight-year-old in World War Two, he had been in the park when the stricken Flying Fortress came down in the park, killing everyone on board.

 

Following an appeal on the BBC Breakfast sofa, a US Airforce and RAF flypast took place over the city on February 22, the 75th anniversary of the disaster, watched by a global audience of more than four million.

 

More than 10,000 people were in Endcliffe Park to see nine planes fly overhead, including an awe-inspring missing man manoeuvre.

 

The 22 February 2019 marked 75 years since the Mi Amigo disaster when 10 US airmen died when their B-17 bomber crashed at Endcliffe Park in Sheffield in 1944, while returning from a bombing raid on the continent.

 

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Lesiure at Sheffield City Council, said: "The flypast, broadcast live on BBC Breakfast, was inspired by Tony Foulds. In its appreciation the Council is honouring him with a Sheffield Legend award.

 

The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Cllr Tony Downing said "Many citizens from Sheffield make a significant impact at national and international level, but none more so than Tony, who with the help of Dan Walker, put Sheffield well and truly on the world map with a magnificent Flypast organised by the US Airforce and RAF "It was an amazing day that will live long in Sheffielders' collective memory and I'm happy to be able to honour him in this way."

 

Dan Walker will join Tony at the ceremony on Monday alongside the Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Sheffield, military champion Councillor Tony Damms and Councillor Lea.

 

The Council has installed new seating, a memorial board and improved access at the Mi Amigo memorial. It has also part-funded a flag pole at the site with help from Birkdale Prep School and Boeing UK.

 

Dan Walker said: “Tony is a very special man. Meeting him and organising the flypast to remember those 10 US airmen has been the most amazing thing to be involved in. Tony has had a big influence on me and so many others in Sheffield and in countries all over the world. It is lovely to see his dedication marked with a special star in the city he loves.”

 

The Council has installed new seating, a memorial board and improved access at the Mi Amigo memorial. It has also part-funded a flag pole at the site with help from Birkdale Prep School and Boeing UK.

 

A full list of Sheffield legends can be found here.

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