North East heroes immortalised on Newcastle's Quayside plaques

North East heroes past and present have been immortalised in Newcastle as bronze plaques have been unveiled

The hero's and there representatives in Baltic Square in Gateshead
The hero's and there representatives in Baltic Square in Gateshead

North East icons past and present have been immortalised in the centre of Newcastle.

Bronze plaques bearing the names of 20 Geordie heroes from the past 60 years including Sir Bobby Robson, Alan Shearer, Sting, Ant and Dec, Brendan Foster, Robson Green, Lindisfarne and Cardinal Basil Hume, have been unveiled on the city’s Quayside.

The Newcastle Gateshead Local Heroes Walk of Fame celebrates the legends who were nominated by the public.

The plaques - the idea of the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative - were unveiled at a ceremony yesterday, attended by some of the Local Heroes, and Sir Bobby’s widow, Lady Robson.

She said: “I am proud that Bob has been honoured as part of Newcastle Gateshead Local Heroes.

 

“To have his achievements, both in football and through the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, commemorated and remembered in this way is wonderful.

“That he was nominated by the public for the honour is even more touching.”

Ray Laidlaw, drummer with Lindisfarne, said: “It is smashing because it has come from real people.

“It is not an industry award or anything like that, these are a bit special.”

Another Local Hero, businesswoman Dame Margaret Barbour, added: “I am very very honoured actually when I see the list of Local Heroes that people have voted for and I am particularly honoured because I am the only person representing business.”

Further entries to the Walk of Fame will be invited in future years.

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