BRADFORD has produced its fair share of names from fields including music, the arts and sport 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 the biggest ever Bradford district-born name?

There have been so many huge names who were born in the district but here are five suggestions, but don't take it as the definitive list, I'm sure many of you will disagree with my choices

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

Here are suggestions of 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 in February this year 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 30.8 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.

Last month he described living in near isolation in Normandy during the first coronavirus lockdown as "marvellous" - and the inspiration for his new exhibition.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:


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.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:


Shipley-born Laker was a legendary cricketer, notching up 45 Tests for England between 1948 and 1959, scoring 676 runs and taking 193 wickets.

His domestic first-class career for Surrey and Essex was even more impressive, scoring 7,304 runs and taking 1,944 wickets.

His best return was 10-53 in the fourth Test against Australia at Old Trafford in July 1956.

It was the first time a bowler had taken all 10 wickets in a Test innings. he took 9-37 in the first innings, Laker's match bowling figures of 19-90 remain a world record in first-class cricket.

He died aged 64 in 1986.