Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Choose One of Your North Heroes to Join Walk of Fame on Quayside; Nominations Open for Public to Put Forward Well-Known Figures from Region to Receive a Bronze Plaque

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Choose One of Your North Heroes to Join Walk of Fame on Quayside; Nominations Open for Public to Put Forward Well-Known Figures from Region to Receive a Bronze Plaque

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THE call has gone out for nominations for another batch of local heroes to add to those already commemorated on a Tyneside trail.

There are currently 29 bronze "hero" plaques on NewcastleGateshead's riverside Walk of Fame.

Now, people have until March 19 to put forward suggestions about who they feel has made a significant contribution to the region and should join it.

The route runs from Baltic Square in Gateshead to the Swing Bridge, and along the Newcastle Quayside to the Millennium Bridge.

It was opened in 2014, by Lady Elsie Robson, wife of the late Sir Bobby Robson.

Last year's four Local Heroes, as voted for by you, included comedian Brendan Healy, Lance Corporal Kenneth Rowe, People's Kitchen founder Alison Kay and former Redcar MP and Newcastle University politics lecturer Mo Mowlam.

The main criteria for the nomination is that the "heroes" need to have inspired local people with their achievements and be recognised at a national or international level over the past 60 years. They could be from the world of sport, arts, academia or business.

The list of nominees will be put to a panel, who will then select up to six new heroes past or present.

Kim McGuinness, cabinet member for culture and communities at Newcastle City Council, said: "The bronze plaques are a physical reminder and a lasting tribute to the individuals.

"They are a way to show residents and visitors the great talents emerging from Newcastle and Gateshead."

Cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Gateshead Council, John McElroy, said: "Our Local Heroes walk is a wonderful way of immortalising the amazing people who have contributed so much in terms of the arts, science, business and creative life of our region.

"It really brings home to visitors and local people the talent and legacy of people from our region, not only in the North East, but also across the country and the world. …

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