Names revealed for NewcastleGateshead’s Local Heroes bronze plaques 2018

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Local Heroes 2018

On Thursday 10 May the latest four names were announced for NewcastleGateshead’s “Walk of Fame”, as nominated by local people – as they voted for who they felt has made a significant contribution to the region over the past sixty-years.  

The four names have been added to the existing list of 33 bronze plaques that currently make up the “NewcastleGateshead Local Heroes” collection along NewcastleGateshead’s iconic Quayside Mile. The route goes from Baltic Square to the Swing Bridge, across the River Tyne, to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge (on the Newcastle side of the water).

The nominations were open for one-month and in that time the panel received a diverse list of names from the world of sports, business, medicine and entertainment. Nearly fifty individual nominations were made – totalling almost 400 votes between them.  

The unveiled names for 2018 are:

Dr Hari Shukla CBE
Former Director of the Tyne and Wear Racial Equality Council, Community Leader and Equality Champion

Dr Miriam Stoppard
Doctor, author, business woman and television presenter

Brian Burnie
Founder of Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care

Connie Lewcock OBE
Suffragette, teacher and socialist

The panel, who shortlisted the final names from the nominations earlier this year was made up of the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr Linda Wright; Gateshead Mayor Councillor Pauline Dillon and Sarah Stewart, chief executive of destination management and marketing organisation, NewcastleGateshead Initiative.   

The trail was first opened in 2014, by Lady Elsie Robson, wife of the late Sir Bobby Robson. NewcastleGateshead Local Heroes is delivered and managed jointly by Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council in partnership with destination marketing organisation, NewcastleGateshead Initiative.

The four names will be amongst great company including Tim Healy (actor); Dame Margaret Barbour DBE (businesswoman and philanthropist); Sir Bobby Robson CBE (football manager / founder of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation); Mo Mowlam MP (Politian); Ant & Dec (TV presenters); Cardinal Basil Hume; Julia Darling (writer); and Sting.

Councillor Linda Wright, the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, said: "There couldn't be two more relevant words to describe this wonderful project celebrating life, achievement and civic pride. 'Local' represents the significance of the person's dedication, devotion and loyalty to Newcastle and Gateshead, and 'Heroes' which is how we all perceive them through the eyes of an appreciative Tyneside public. I hope residents and visitors alike come and see for themselves the amazing Walk of Fame."

Gateshead Deputy Mayor Councillor Jill Green, said: “Local Heroes focuses on those brilliant people who have made a difference to life in our area, and it’s fantastic to see a further four names set into the landscape of our Quayside in what is already an impressive ‘Walk of Fame’. It really brings home to visitors and local people the talent, legacy and contribution of people from our region, not only in the North East, but also across the country and the world."

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at destination management and marketing organisation, NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “It’s great to see these inspiring names added to the Local Heroes trail. All those recognised have made huge contributions to the region in their own fields and are part of the reason that NewcastleGateshead is thriving as a place to visit, live, learn, work and invest. Situated on the iconic Quayside, the bronze plaques form part of an already impressive offering for visitors to the area.”
The additional bronze plaques will be installed at the start of May for everybody to enjoy along the NewcastleGateshead’s “Walk of Fame”. 

Once the bronze plaques have been officially installed the details will be added to the following NewcastleGateshead Initiative website