BRADFORD has produced its fair share of people who have made a name for themselves globally and here's a chance to celebrate them.

Here's something to raise a debate; who is Bradford's biggest ever name?

There have been so many huge names from the district from the world's of culture, art, literature and sport. Here are five suggestions, but don't take it as the definitive list, I'm sure many of you will disagree with my choices; that's the beauty of music; everyone has an opinion on what's best.

Instead of just criticising my list, let's get constructive and leave your suggestions in the comments section below.

Here are five of the biggest Bradford names:

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:


The Keighley-born World War Two veteran united the nation when he raised a record-breaking £33 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday at the start of the pandemic.

He died earlier this month after testing positive for Covid-19.

A bronze life size statue called ‘The Walk of Hope’ has been designed and two artists are now trying to raise £60,000 to cover the costs of the statue and it is hoped that is will eventually be installed in Keighley as a tribute to his extraordinary life and huge fundraising achievement.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:


The East Bowling lad-turned-huge global music megastar.

He made his name 10 years ago, initially on the X Factor, as one fifth of boyband One Direction.

The group went on to achieve years of chart success, picking up every pop music award along the way. He was also the first UK artist to debut at number one on the Hot 100 with a first charted single.

Zayn left the band in 2015 and notched up a solo UK number one with single, Pillowtalk, the following year.

Meanwhile, some of his solo successes have included ‘Pillowtalk’ and ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’, his collaboration with Taylor Swift.

He is also a huge name on social media with 30.6 million followers on Twitter alone.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:


The living legend is now 83 but he is still as prolific as ever with his work.

The artist, who was a Bradford School of Art student, has now adopted using an iPad as a medium for his work.

His 1966 work, The Splash, sold at auction in January for £23.1million. It depicts the spray from a dive into a pool on a perfect blue California day.

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Born in Thornton, Emily, Charlotte and Anne, the 19th-century literary family, are also associated with the village of Haworth, with both places now popular tourist spots.

The sisters are well known as poets and novelists, with their classics including Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre still as popular today.

Their brother, Patrick Branwell Bronte, was an English painter and writer who died aged 31 in 1848.

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Cricket legend Close captained Yorkshire to four County Championship titles and was at the time the youngest man to make his test debut for England at age 18.

He played in 22 Test matches for England. He scored almost 35,000 runs as a batsman and made 52 centuries. He also took 1,168 wickets as a bowler, 800 catches as a fielder and one stumping as a stand-in wicket-keeper.

He also made nine appearances for Bradford City in the 1950s, scoring five goals.

He has a street, Brian Close Walk, named after him in Baildon and he died, aged 84, in 2015.