Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Meet Our Chronicle Heroes; Meet the Next Inductees into Our Debut List of Chronicle Heroes

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Meet Our Chronicle Heroes; Meet the Next Inductees into Our Debut List of Chronicle Heroes

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WELCOME to day three of our debut Chronicle Heroes list.We have picked 50 great North Easterners who have played a role in making the region such a unique place.

Our winners come from different backgrounds but have one thing in common - they are truly inspirational.

Some names you will know, many you will not have come across before.

We would like to hear your suggestions for other Chronicle heroes, contract us @EveningChron or on Facebook at Newcastle Chronicle. Alternatively, email STEPHEN MILLER Gold medallist Stephen is one of the most decorated disabled athletes in the country.

Born with cerebral palsy, discus thrower Stephen's inspiring career has taken in 25 international medals, including three back-toback Paralympic golds - the first at Atlanta in 1996 making him Britain's youngest ever winner, and, following Sydney in 2000, his third four years later at Athens: his career highlight.

Stephen, from Cramlington, was captain of the men's athletics squad for the London games.

He is now in training for the 2016 Paralympian games in Rio.

ANT & DEC Cheeky chappies Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly appeared on our screens in the children's series Byker Grove more than 20 years ago. After a pop hit with Let's Get Ready to Rumble as PJ and Duncan, they went on to become the undisputed kings of Saturday night TV on shows like I'm a Celebrity, Britain's Got Talent and Saturday Night Takeaway. The duo scooped their 15th National Television Award in a row earlier this year.

SIR JOHN HALL Entrepreneur Sir John Hall was the brains behind the Metrocentre which has brought millions of shoppers to the region. He built the out-of-town centre in the 1980s and at the time it was the largest Europe, comprising of shopping and leisure facilities. In 1991, Mr Hall was knighted for helping to regenerate Newcastle city centre and later became chairman of Newcastle United. Mr Hall famously brought Kevin Keegan to the club during the successful "Entertainers" spell in the mid-1990s.

PROF RUTH PLUMMER Trained at Cambridge and Oxford Medical Schools, with oncology training in Newcastle at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, professor Plummer has been at the forefront of cancer research in the region.

She is currently director of the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer trials Research Centre with responsibility for early phase trials practice.

Professor Plummer has played a vital role in spreading the work of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

KIAN MUSGROVE At just three years old, Newcastle's Kian Musgrove has twice battled an aggressive form of childhood cancer that has riddled his little body.

But his infectious smile has captured the hearts of the North East and the region has come together to raise more than PS500,000 to send him to America.

Kian's story has not just touched the hearts of the North East - his fight for life even inspired music mogul Simon Cowell into donating money and paying for the family's flights to the USA. …

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