Local Heroes revealed

Local heroes

Back - the late Minnie Robson's daughter Joan Campbell and grandson Stewart Robson.
Front - Kaylee Davidson-Olley, Ann Cleeves, John Steel, Madeleine Chandler, wife of the late Chas Chandler

Four local heroes have had their names added to the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside Walk of Fame.

The heroes, nominated by people in Tyneside, had their names cast in bronze plaques which will be fixed in place permanently by the River Tyne.

Their names were revealed at a special ceremony in Newcastle's historic Guild Hall today.

They were:

  • Kaylee Davidson-Olley, Britain's longest surviving heart transplant patient who received a new heart at the Freeman Hospital at just five months old.
  • Best-selling crime writer Ann Cleeves, creator of the fictional detective Vera who inspired ITV's hugely popular series.
  • Former Mayor of Gateshead and social pioneer Minnie Robson, who as a wife and mother of miners offered support during the 1984-85 Miners' Strike.
  • Tyneside rockers The Animals who in the 1960s took the music world by storm with signature hit - and transatlantic number one - House of the Rising Sun

Each was nominated by members of the public who were asked to choose people who had made a significant contribution to the region, either in sports, the arts, academia or business, over the past 60 years.

Their names join those of sporting legends Jackie Milburn, Stephen Miller, Alan Shearer and Sir Bobby Robson, Blakelaw's Doreen 'Granny Jardine and People's Kitchen founder Alison Kay, musicians Sting and Kathryn Tickell, Ant and Dec and Cardinal Basil Hume among the 41 plaques which make up the Walk of Fame.

Mayor of Gateshead Jill Green said: "It's been a pleasure to be involved in the 'Walk of the Fame' this year and see who was nominated for making such a positive contribution to the life and reputation of our region.

"The public has once again put forward some inspirational people to be added to what is already an impressive list of heroes.

"As anyone who lives here knows, we have a huge amount to be proud of here in the region and at least part of that is due to the people who have made it so great."

Lord Mayor of Newcastle Councillor David Down added 

"The Local Heroes programme provides a fitting acknowledgement to people who have made amazing contributions to promoting Newcastle and Gateshead in a variety of ways and very much on the national or worldwide stage," he said.

"What makes it extra special is that our Local Heroes were nominated by local residents and people associated with the North East.

"It's wonderful that as our Local Heroes are honoured and recognised I'm able as Lord Mayor of Newcastle to take part in these celebrations.

"The achievements of these treasured individuals and their benefit to the region and to others are considerable.

"Their names have been added to a distinguished list of people, who we are proud to say have made a big impact to the social, cultural and heritage fabric of Tyneside and beyond.

"Locals and visitors alike will enjoy walking along the Local Heroes trail and reading the who's who of celebrated names."

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.

Local heroes
14 May 2019

Back - the late Minnie Robson's daughter Joan Campbell and grandson Stewart Robson.
Front - Kaylee Davidson-Olley, Ann Cleeves, John Steel, Madeleine Chandler, wife of the late Chas Chandler

Four local heroes have had their names added to the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside Walk of Fame.

The heroes, nominated by people in Tyneside, had their names cast in bronze plaques which will be fixed in place permanently by the River Tyne.

Their names were revealed at a special ceremony in Newcastle's historic Guild Hall today.

They were:

  • Kaylee Davidson-Olley, Britain's longest surviving heart transplant patient who received a new heart at the Freeman Hospital at just five months old.
  • Best-selling crime writer Ann Cleeves, creator of the fictional detective Vera who inspired ITV's hugely popular series.
  • Former Mayor of Gateshead and social pioneer Minnie Robson, who as a wife and mother of miners offered support during the 1984-85 Miners' Strike.
  • Tyneside rockers The Animals who in the 1960s took the music world by storm with signature hit - and transatlantic number one - House of the Rising Sun

Each was nominated by members of the public who were asked to choose people who had made a significant contribution to the region, either in sports, the arts, academia or business, over the past 60 years.

Their names join those of sporting legends Jackie Milburn, Stephen Miller, Alan Shearer and Sir Bobby Robson, Blakelaw's Doreen 'Granny Jardine and People's Kitchen founder Alison Kay, musicians Sting and Kathryn Tickell, Ant and Dec and Cardinal Basil Hume among the 41 plaques which make up the Walk of Fame.

Mayor of Gateshead Jill Green said: "It's been a pleasure to be involved in the 'Walk of the Fame' this year and see who was nominated for making such a positive contribution to the life and reputation of our region.

"The public has once again put forward some inspirational people to be added to what is already an impressive list of heroes.

"As anyone who lives here knows, we have a huge amount to be proud of here in the region and at least part of that is due to the people who have made it so great."

Lord Mayor of Newcastle Councillor David Down added 

"The Local Heroes programme provides a fitting acknowledgement to people who have made amazing contributions to promoting Newcastle and Gateshead in a variety of ways and very much on the national or worldwide stage," he said.

"What makes it extra special is that our Local Heroes were nominated by local residents and people associated with the North East.

"It's wonderful that as our Local Heroes are honoured and recognised I'm able as Lord Mayor of Newcastle to take part in these celebrations.

"The achievements of these treasured individuals and their benefit to the region and to others are considerable.

"Their names have been added to a distinguished list of people, who we are proud to say have made a big impact to the social, cultural and heritage fabric of Tyneside and beyond.

"Locals and visitors alike will enjoy walking along the Local Heroes trail and reading the who's who of celebrated names."

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.

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