The promoters and directors of Brixham's Walk of Fame
are Neil Worrell and Vix Pritchard-Davies
Vix Pritchard-Davies 07403 295810
Postal address: 36a Mount Pleasant Rd, Brixham TQ5 9RY
Lighting Up Brixham is a community interest company
Company Number 12483549
Press release: Below
BRIXHAM’S WALK OF FAME ON THE VICTORIA BREAKWATER
Lighting Up Brixham are pleased to launch ‘Brixham’s Walk of Fame’. A series of cast-iron floor plates on the Breakwater etched with individual names. To celebrate people with a connection to Brixham, past and present. Each panel is around 2m wide by 35cm deep.
Neil Worrell and Vicky Pritchard-Davies are the founders of Lighting Up Brixham. Neil has lived in Brixham since 2012. He is an architect with over 30 years experience. He restored St Peter's Church in Brixham (2012-2013) and also bought and restored The Golden Hind replica ship (2015-2018). He is working to improve Brixham in memory of his late wife Jackie Robinson. Vix was born and has lived in Brixham all of her life and is famous for being the 'heart and soul of the town' after having worked at the Quayside Hotel for over 25 years.
Lighting Up Brixham have already helped create fourteen dramatic seasonal lights in 2019/ 2020 including the 'Welcome to fabulous Brixham' sign and Octavia, the six-metre high Octopus. Plus an eight metre Mermaid dedicated to Neil's late wife, named 'Lady Jackie'.
In 2020 their challenge was how to progress with their ventures in the middle of the Virus chaos. Vicky begins ‘When the virus hit, we knew that local businesses would struggle to be as generous, so we tried to think of something that would let us move forward. Not only with lights but also potentially with other improvements as well. We came up with the idea of 'The Walk' with individual names on it. People sponsor their names and they will be permanently cast in iron. Much better than a bench - and no varnishing required'
Neil continues ‘We’re passionate about the town and so are thousands of others. This new project will enable people to show their love for Brixham in a physical and permanent way. Launching Brixham’s Walk of Fame, people will be able to support their town practically - and have something positive to look forward to in the coming years. And see other town improvements as well’
Vicky adds ‘Everybody can have their names on the Breakwater from £125. This is unique and we hope that people will be excited to be involved. In our view, you can stand on ‘The Walk’ and reflect on the people whose names will be immortalised, and look back to beautiful Brixham, and out over fabulous Torbay’.
All money raised by The Walk will be reinvested in permanent town improvements say the couple and they are confident that the venture will raise money for the town. Lighting Up Brixham is a community interest company and in 2019 raised over £15,000 for the town. In addition, both Vix and Neil have raised a further £15,000 for Ovarian Cancer charities, Brain Tumour Research, for local group Pride in Brixham and for Rowcroft Hospice.
Registration to add individual names is now open, and, people are now also being formally invited to participate and pay for their sponsored names. Neil and Vix are directors of Lighting Up Brixham and receive no salary or payment for their work. All proceeds from The Walk will be reinvested in the town.
Neil continues ‘The Breakwater is 177 years old. As Brixham welcomes over half a million visitors a year, your name will be seen by literally thousands of people. People may want to register early as there are only a limited number of plates. Join us in celebrating and enhancing our amazing town. The earlier that you register, the higher up The Walk your names will be'
BE ON BRIXHAM'S WALK OF FAME
Neil Worrell 07565 962229
Vix Pritchard-Davies 07403 295810