Tyneside heroes to be honoured with place on new "walk of fame"

Local heroes from the past 60 years are to be honoured with a new Hollywood-style “walk of fame”

A 'Walk of Fame' plaque which will be situated around the Quayside one mile walk
A 'Walk of Fame' plaque which will be situated around the Quayside one mile walk

Local heroes from the past 60 years are to be honoured with a new Hollywood-style “walk of fame”.

But who will feature in it is being left up to the public.

Locals are being asked if Bobby Robson, Ant and Dec, Sting, Dame Catherine Cookson, or someone else entirely, should feature in the first 20 bronze plaques which will be fitted into the footpath along the Tyne.

Coun Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, said the new scheme was “a wonderful way of celebrating achievement”.

“Newcastle has nurtured many hundreds of talented, inspiring and notable individuals over the years, from scientists to sports personalities,” he said. “And I’d strongly encourage local residents and businesses to nominate who they think we should include on the plaques.”

“We hope the public will get behind the nomination process so local stars can truly shine,” added Gateshead Council cabinet member for culture, Coun Linda Green.

Plaques will be placed along the pavement from the Baltic art gallery to the Swing Bridge on the Gateshead side of the river, then back along to the Newcastle end of the Millennium Bridge.

Nominations can be made until September 30, after which the suggestions will be put to a panel who will select who will be featured on the first 20 plaques in October. More will be added annually.

Sarah Stewart, chief executive of marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “NewcastleGateshead attracts more than 17 million people from all over the world every year thanks to a dynamic programme of major festivals and events and a reputation for great shopping, nightlife and entertainment.

“Our famously friendly and welcoming people are as important, and honouring some of our most notable local heroes in this way will help us tell the story of NewcastleGateshead.”

Nominations, explaining in 50 words or less why an individual should be honoured, can be submitted online, at www.NewcastleGateshead.com/LocalHeroes , at visitor information centres and libraries, by post, to Gateshead Council, Council News, Freepost NEA3381, Gateshead, NE8 1BR, or by phone, by calling 0191 433 3000.

Suggestions can also be made using social networking websites Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #LocalHeroes.

We hope the public will get behind the nomination process so local stars can truly shine

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