Each year since 2014, the people of Newcastle and Gateshead have chosen four famous Geordies to be honoured on the Quayside ‘Walk of Fame’.
Stretching from BALTIC at one side of the Millennium Bridge to Sandgate on the other by way of the Swing Bridge, the Walk of Fame is defined by 33 bronze plaques set into the pavement.
The trail, which was opened by Lady Elsie Robson, wife of the late Sir Bobby Robson, sees Tyneside legends including Alan Shearer and Sir Bobby Robson alongside local heroes including Blakelaw’s Doreen ‘Granny’ Jardine and People’s Kitchen founder Alison Kay.
Sting, Stephen Miller, and Kathryn Tickell share space with Jackie Milburn, Winifred Laver, and Cardinal Basil Hume on the Quayside Walk of Fame.
It is now time to choose new names.
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, the arts, academia or business.
Newcastle City Council cabinet member for communities Cllr Habib Rahman said: “Local Heroes celebrates the best of us, on our beautiful Quayside.
“Tyneside is a place of people who pull together, who support each other, a place where we like to see each other do well.
“The Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside Walk of Fame honour those who have contributed so much to our region.”
Last year’s local heroes were former director of the Tyne and Wear Racial Equality Council Dr Hari Shukla CBE, author and television presenter Dr Miriam Stoppard, founder of Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care Brian Burnie, and suffragette and former Newcastle City Councillor Connie Lewcock OBE.
In 2017, the winners were Auf Wiedersehen, Pet star Tim Healy, ACDC frontman Brian Johnson, TV historian John Grundy and the late Mike Neville MBE.
NewcastleGateshead Initiative chief executive Sarah Stewart: “The region is home to so many inspiring people and the Local Heroes trail on our iconic Quayside is a perfect way for us to honour them.
“From sportsmen, such as Alan Shearer and Stephen Miller, and entertainers like Sting and Brendan Healy, through to scientists Professor Peter Higgs and Sir John Burn, our Local Heroes have made incredible contributions to the North East, as well as further afield.
“It’s great that the public can get involved and nominate those people who they think deserve a place on the trail and I’m looking forward to seeing the new names for this year.”
NewcastleGateshead Local Heroes is managed jointly by Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council, and the NewcastleGateshead Initiative.
Past winners said the North East community was their inspiration.
Champion Paralympian athlete Stephen Miller said: “People here are friendly and supportive of each other. There’s a real sense of community, support and togetherness and that is what makes Newcastle and Gateshead so special and such a really great place to live.”
Community champion Doreen ‘Granny’ Jardine, of Blakelaw in Newcastle, said: “A good sense of community it can make a real difference to people’s lives.
“It’s all about being able to help people.
“If you see an old person passing in the street, never be frightened to say hi there; hello. Perhaps that person has not spoken to someone all day and you saying hello could mean an awful lot.”
All you have to do is contact Newcastle City Council with your suggestions – and we’ve made it easy.
Nominations close on March 1.
Previous nominees include:
|Alan Robson||Radio Personaility|
|Billie Armstrong||Boxing coach|
|Billy Mitchell||Singer – Pitmens’ Poets|
|Byron Eric Dawson||Artist|
|Charlie Hunnam||Byker Grove – now major Hollywood|
|Chris Ryan||Writer & Presenter – Bravo Two Zero – From Rowlands Gill|
|Dave johns||Actor and Comedian – North east circuit, I Daniel Blake|
|Dixon Scott||Tyneside Cinema Founder|
|Ellen Wilkinson 1891-1947||Jarrow MP and Minstry of Education|
|Eric Burdon||Animal’s Singer|
|Fabulous Flournoy||Newcastle Eagles Basketball|
|Jade Thirlwall||Singer. Little Mix|
|Jimmy nail||Singer and actor|
|John Grundy||Local Historian and Writer|
|John Henry Mann||Northumberland Football Referee for 53 years|
|Kate Farnell MBE||Set up Butterfly Cancer Charity – Rowlands Gill|
|Mike McLeod||Elswick Harriers, won first two GNRs|
|Paddy McAloon||Singer – Prefab Sprout|
|Pam Royle||TV Presenter|
|Peter Brennan||City Hall Manager and|
|Prof Roy Taylor||Newcastle Diabeates Researcher|
|Prof. Robin Sengupta||Famous Neurosurgeon, Newcastle|
|Rashida Davison||Founder and Director of The Globe Gallery.|
|Robert Westall||English author, teacher and journalist best known for his children’s fiction|
|Ronnie Sammie Johnson||TV actor – inspired Sunday for Sammy|
|Rowan Atkinson||Newcastle University – from Durham|
|Steve Cram||Track and field athlete|
|Terry Laybourne||Chef restaurateur, 21 Group|
|Wendy Smith||80s Singer and Sage Gateshead Learning & Particpation|
|Brian Roycroft CBE||Newcastle Social Services|
|Lord (Jeremy) Beecham||Newcastle Politican|
|Mike Neville||TV Presenter|
|Alun Armstrong||North East Actor|
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