Brixham Walk of Fame officially opened as 200 names unveiled on Breakwater

Opening the Walk of Fame are Piper Kent and Gwen Pritchard-Thomas with David Coding and Neil Worrell

Opening the Walk of Fame are Piper Kent and Gwen Pritchard-Thomas with David Coding and Neil Worrell - Credit: Charlie Pritchard-Williams

More than 200 people's names were unveiled when Brixham's Walk of Fame was officially opened last weekend.

The series of cast-iron plates on the Breakwater etched with individual names celebrates both locals and those who love Brixham, past and present.

The Walk of Fame project is the work of Lighting Up Brixham, a community interest company with the goal of making permanent town improvements. 

Neil Worrell and Vicky Pritchard-Davies are the founders of Lighting Up Brixham. Neil said: “It’s was a once-in-a-lifetime event.”

The first name on the plates is Jackie Robinson, Neil’s wife, who died in 2017 of a brain tumour. And whom he says 'was the inspiration behind The Walk. It just seemed more permanent and fitting as she loved walking the Breakwater'.

And with another 200 or so names already registered, Neil and Vicky are now well on their way to reaching their 1,000-name target.

Neil and Vicky started Lighting Up Brixham two years ago, after both having had set backs in their lives and wanting to make a difference.

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Vicky said: “We’ve been planning this for two years. With over 200 names already immortalised, we’re thrilled to have reached this stage.

"When I got cancer three years ago, I prayed that I’d see this day – and I have - so I’m understandably emotional.”

The Walk is already making a difference.

“All profits go to the town,” said Neil. “The Walk is already funding our new initiative 'Brighten Up Brixham' to paint houses pastel colours.

"It’s also funding six more seasonal lights in November to add to the 14 already commissioned.”

Neil added: “We’re passionate about the town - and so are thousands of others.

"Brixham receives more than half a million visitors a year and is currently bouncing back strongly from the pandemic." 

Phase One of the plates was revealed on Saturday, August 30, and the ribbon was cut by Gwen Pritchard-Thomas and Piper Kent, both aged nine.

For more information and to register for Phase Two, log on to www.brixhamswalkoffame.com

Neil Worrell and Vicky Pritchard-Davies, founders of Lighting Up Brixham

Neil Worrell and Vicky Pritchard-Davies, founders of Lighting Up Brixham - Credit: Charlie Pritchard-Williams

Visitors to the Walk of Fame

Visitors to the Walk of Fame - Credit: Charlie Pritchard-Williams

Vicky Pritchard-Davies and Neil Worrell

Vicky Pritchard-Davies and Neil Worrell - Credit: Charlie Pritchard-Williams

Vicky Pritchard-Davies

Vicky Pritchard-Davies - Credit: Charlie Pritchard-Williams

Neil with one of the name plates

Neil with one of the cast-iron plates. - Credit: Charlie Pritchard-Williams

Neil Worrell in the foundry

Neil Worrell in the foundry - Credit: Charlie Pritchard-Williams

A lighthouse-shaped cake to celebrate the opening of the Walk of Fame

A lighthouse cake to celebrate the opening of the Walk of Fame. - Credit: Charlie Pritchard-Williams

Name plates for the Walk of Fame

The Walk of Fame's name plates. - Credit: Charlie Pritchard-Williams

Jim Portus on the Walk of Fame

Jim Portus on the Walk of Fame - Credit: Charlie Pritchard-Williams

Neil Worrell's wife Jackie Robinson, who died in 2017

Neil Worrell's wife Jackie Robinson, who died in 2017 - Credit: Charlie Pritchard-Williams

Brixham's Walk of Fame

Brixham's Walk of Fame - Credit: Charlie Pritchard-Williams

Brixham's Walk of Fame has officially opened

Brixham's Walk of Fame has officially opened - Credit: Charlie Pritchard-Williams

Neil Worrell hard at work helping to create Brixham's Walk of Fame

Neil Worrell hard at work helping to create Brixham's Walk of Fame. - Credit: Charlie Pritchard-Williams