Wirksworth Stardisc Trail ©JamesGPhotography 2012 You can like James' Facebook Page at or purchase prints from

Wirksworth Stardisc Trail
©JamesGPhotography 2012
You can like James’ Facebook Page at or purchase prints from

StarDisc in Wirksworth needs local and regional support as it competes for votes and the chance to shine on BBC One in this year’s National Lottery Awards

The Derbyshire attraction has been plucked from over 750 entries to go into the public vote to decide the winners of this year’s National Lottery Awards – the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

StarDisc is competing against six other organisations to win the Best Arts category, scoop a £2,000 prize and rub shoulders with television, sport and music stars at the glamorous National Lottery Awards on BBC One in September.

StarDisc is a unique open-air theatre and 21st century stone circle created in the form of a 40ft diameter star chart carved into granite. The carved detail mirrors the northern hemisphere’s night sky and includes the constellations and the Milky Way.  By night, 72 lights illuminate the StarDisc, powered by our nearest star the Sun. As well as attracting visitors from far and wide, StarDisc is a venue for drama, music and astronomical events.  It is a well used and well loved community resource that inspires, engages, educates and entertains.

The artist responsible for StarDisc, Aidan Shingler, says winning the award and being celebrated on national television would be a dream come true: “I am enormously grateful to the National Lottery as StarDisc simply wouldn’t exist without its support. I am very excited to have reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards and invite anyone and everyone inspired by StarDisc to vote for the project. To receive national recognition would be a wonderful reward for all those involved. It would also assist enormously with aspirations to leave an enduring cultural legacy for future generations by establishing the StarDisc Array – a series of additional satellite StarDiscs across United Kingdom. The StarDisc Array will be a torch bearer for the union of Arts, Science, and Spirituality, and will create opportunities to link communities across the UK.

TV star and actor John Barrowman will be presenting the National Lottery Awards for the fourth time this year:

“Every year I am moved by the exceptional work that the finalists of the National Lottery Awards carry out.  They typify everything that is right with society – the volunteering, community spirit and selflessness.

“I urge everyone to get behind StarDisc as they aim to get the recognition they so richly deserve. National Lottery players should be proud that the £33 million they raise for charities every single week goes to projects like this.”

To vote for StarDisc, please go to: or telephone 0844 836 9676 and follow the campaign on twitter: hashtag #NLAwards.  Voting runs for four weeks from 9am on Wednesday 25 June until midnight on Wednesday 23 July. For additional information about the StarDisc project visit:

There are seven projects competing for votes across seven categories, reflecting the main areas of National Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity.

As well as securing their place at the National Lottery Awards show, the project with the highest number of votes in each category will receive a £2,000 cash prize and an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy.


For further information please contact The National Lottery Awards:

Vicci Moyles, 020 7211 3994,

Notes to Editors

  • StarDisc received £103,349 of National Lottery funding through the BIG Lottery Fund
  • Calls cost no more than 5p from a BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary, calls from mobiles could cost considerably more. Callers are advised to check with their telephone network provider to be certain of the cost. No profit will be made from the cost of the phone vote by The National Lottery 
  • All voting will be independently adjudicated and verified by Electoral Reform Services


Image Credits: Wirksworth Stardisc Trail, ©JamesGPhotography 2012, You can like James’ Facebook Page at, or purchase prints from


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