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Tony Foulds to be granted ‘legend status’ and a plaque in the Sheffield ‘walk of fame’

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

Council Leader Julie Dore has proposed the plans following the success of the Mi Amigo Flypast

In recognition of his long years of service to the Mi Amigo memorial in Endcliffe Park, which attracted global interest in the city and led to a memorable flypast, Sheffield City Council have announced plans to give 83-year-old Tony Foulds legend status and his very own plaque outside Sheffield Town Hall.

 

The plans were announced by Councillor Julie Dore, leader of the council, who said: “Many citizens from Sheffield make a significant impact at national and international level.

 

“Tony Foulds, with the help of BBC presenter Dan Walker, put Sheffield well and truly on the world map with a magnificent flypast organised by the US Airforce and Royal Air Force together with the council, BBC Breakfast, South Yorkshire Police and many others.

 

"We want to thank Tony and the many many others who are so passionate about our city and make Sheffield a great city."

 

Sheffield Legends honour those who have achieved national or international acclaim who come from the city. Their plaques are in front of the Town Hall and include actor Sean Bean, musicians Def Leppard and athlete Sebastian Coe.

 

A full list of Sheffield legends can be found here. Tony will be the 21st recipient of a star outside the town hall.

 

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.

 

Tony remembers witnessing the crash as an eight-year-old boy, and on the 22 September 1959, a memorial stone was laid on the exact site. Mr Foulds has tended to the memorial for the past 60 years.

 

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.

 

The story achieved global status on social media and on the 22 January, Mr Foulds was invited on to the BBC sofa where he was told that a flypast would take place on the 22 February to mark the 75th anniversary of the disaster.

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