Be More Nulty: Sheffield memorial for former Tramlines director

 Be More Nulty: Sheffield memorial for former Tramlines director

Following the tragic passing of Festival Director Sarah Nulty, who died just weeks before the tenth edition of Tramlines, plans have now been confirmed for a permanent memorial to Sarah on Devonshire Green in Sheffield city centre.

A commemorative plaque will be embedded into the wall at the top of Devonshire Green, facing down towards the site where the original main stage of Tramlines was based back in 2009.

Sarah will also be awarded with a Civic Award from the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Magid Magid.

Tramlines, which took place from Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd July, saw floods of tributes and support from headliner Reverend and The Makers, Milburn, Bang Bang Romeo, Universal Tree, and headliner Craig David who dedicated the final chorus of “I Know You” in Sarah’s honour, with thousands of festival guests joining in.

Be More Nulty artist
Multiple acts wore ‘Be More Nulty’ t-shirts whilst performing
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Devonshire Green was the centre point of the Tramlines Festival inner-city site back when it all first began in 2009. Festival organisers and council representatives have decided that this is the most fitting place for a memorial to Sarah.

In addition to the memorial plaque, The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Magid Magid will be giving Sarah a posthumous Civic Award. He said;

“This is a very special honour. We use civic awards to recognise Sheffield heroes who do such valuable work in the city. Sarah was an incredible person who had a hugely positive impact on the city. She is the perfect candidate to receive this award.”

Timm Cleasby, a founder of the festival and the head of operations commented;

“It’s very important that there is a permanent tribute to Sarah in recognition of everything she put into the city. She was a massive fan and supporter of Sheffield’s creativity and independence. The positioning of the plaque at Devonshire Green is a poignant and fitting tribute. Sarah’s vibrancy and energy made her seem larger than life and it’s brilliant that she will be remembered for years to come. Hopefully her work will serve to inspire others in the future.”

Be More Nulty Tramlines Crowd
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Richard Eyre, Sheffield City Council’s Head of Major Events added;

“It was great to see Sarah come on board with the festival when it was first conceived and develop into the role of Director. I was personally inspired by her passion and her vision. She had a fantastic calming influence on everyone and never seemed flustered by the issues that arose in the running of a festival. It’s totally fitting that the city pay tribute to Sarah’s work in the local music industry and I look forward to seeing the memorial in place at Devonshire Green.”

The 10th edition of Tramlines has been a huge success with up to 30,000 people attending. The new site at Hillsborough Park proved to be the perfect location for Sheffield’s much-loved festival.

Bands, organisers and attendees honoured Sarah’s passing at the event, wearing ‘BeMoreNulty’ t-shirts. Acts including, Reverend and the Makers, Milburn, Universal Tree, Bang Bang Romeo, Everly Pregnant Brothers and many more all paid tribute during their performances. 

Sunday headliner, Craig David, spoke about Sarah during his set and encouraged the audience to sing along in her memory. He later tweeted:

There was also a memorial video presented by Timm Cleasby and shown on big screens from the main stage on Sunday evening with the audience of thousands joining in with a minute’s applause.

The ‘BeMoreNulty’ t-shirts are on sale via the Drop Dead website with all profits (along with proceeds from ‘Nulty’s’ backstage bar) donated to Weston Park Cancer Charity and Cavendish Cancer Care. Charity donations from the guest list will be split between Weston Park Cancer Charity, Cavendish Cancer Care and Crohn’s & Colitis UK.

Main image credit: Richard Johnson / Fanatic

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