Local Hero Nominations Open

Sir Bobby Robson.
Sir Bobby Robson.

Which Local Hero do you feel deserves a place of honour on the Quayside?

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.

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.

All you have to do is contact us with your suggestions - and we've made it easy.

You can either Tweet or Facebook message Newcastle City Council using the hashtag #localheroes, email David Hepworth at Newcastle Libraries on david.hepworth@newcastle.gov.uk , or use this link: www.NewcastleGateshead.com/LocalHeroes

Nominations close on March 1.

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 plaques honour those who have contributed so much to our region.”

Gateshead Council cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure Councillor Angela Douglas said: “Local Heroes focuses on the brilliant people who have made a difference to the life and reputation of our region.

“It really brings home to visitors and local people the talent, legacy and contribution of people from the North East, to people who live here, across the country and to the rest of the world.

“I look forward to seeing what other names are put forward for the next phase of our Local Heroes walk.”

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 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.”



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 Local Heroes is managed jointly by Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council, and the NewcastleGateshead Initiative

Past winners said the North East community was an inspiration.

Lady Elsie Robson, who opened the trail in 2014, said: "Bob was hugely proud of his North East roots. This is where his love of football began and no matter where his career took us, he always checked the Newcastle United score.

“He was very proud to be able to do something to help the people of this region by launching his cancer charity in 2008.

“I’m pleased to say the work of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation goes on and the work we fund continues to help local people facing this terrible disease. It really is the legacy he hoped it would be."

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.”