Top designer honoured in home city as living legend

ONE of Sheffield's most gifted designers is the latest personality to be honoured by the council as one of the city's legends.

David Mellor may be better known for his distinctive roundhouse cutlery factory in Hathersage, but he was born and educated in Sheffield before achieving the unofficial title of "Cutlery King".

The Sheffield Legends scheme was introduced to recognise some of the city's best-known personalities and brass plaques are installed in the pavement outside the town hall.

Others include the rock band Def Leppard and footballer Gordon Banks and Mr Mellor's was unveiled yesterday afternoon.

Although he was too ill to attend, he was represented by his wife Fiona and son Corin.

After studying in Sheffield Mr Mellor went on to the Royal College of Art and the British School in Rome, becoming Royal Designer for the industry in 1962.

While best known for cutlery, he also designed the traffic lights which appear at countless road junctions.

Sheffield's Lord Mayor, councillor Jackie Drayton said: "David Mellor was born and raised in Sheffield and has worked in the area for the last 60 years.

"In the tradition of Ruskin and Morris, he believes that all people deserve good quality design.

"He is a hidden Sheffield legend and it is wonderful

to highlight his work and have a star on the pavement as a lasting tribute for all to see," Coun Drayton

added.