Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Town Gives Honour to the Sage Heroes

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Town Gives Honour to the Sage Heroes

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Byline: Harry Preston Reporter

KEY figures who helped make the Sage an international music venue are to made Freemen of Gateshead.

Lord David Puttnam, Anthony Sargent and Royal Northern Sinfonia are to be bestowed with the prestigious honour in the year the venue celebrates its 10th birthday. Gateshead councillors agreed to award the civic title, believing the two men - and the internationally famous choir - have made a significant contribution to the success of the famous Tyneside building.

They will now join a distinguished list of people who have all left a legacy to Gateshead that will be remembered for generations to come. Royal Northern Sinfonia is only the second organisation to receive the honour.

The recipients will be presented with their honorary titles at a special ceremony due to take place later in the year.

Leader of Gateshead Council, Mick Henry, said "In the year that we celebrate Sage Gateshead's tenth birthday, it's extremely fitting that we are able to honour those who have helped to make it the success it is today.

"Anthony, founding director of the venue, has worked tirelessly to create a world-class venue with an international reputation, of which we are all incredibly proud.

"Lord Puttnam has not only supported Sage Gateshead over a number of years but he has also been an influential figure in the field of education, while Royal Northern Sinfonia, the only full time professional chamber orchestra in the UK, has played a central role in our region's cultural life for over 50 years.

"They will be great ambassadors for the Borough of Gateshead and these honours allow us to demonstrate our appreciation, on behalf of the people of Gateshead, for all their endeavours."

Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE has been nominated in recognition of his distinguished services to education and culture and specifically for his can make to communities. …

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