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Nominated by the public, Twenty of NewcastleGateshead’s most inspiring people from the past 60 years have been honoured with a bronze plaque installed on one of the destination’s most iconic visitor sites – the Quayside, for a Hollywood-style ‘walk of fame’.
The trail was opened in March 2014 by the wife of the late Sir Bobby Robson, Lady Elsie Robson. The plaques are laid along the stretch of pavement from Baltic Square to the Swing Bridge. Across the river, they continue along the Quayside to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Award-winning writer who made Newcastle her home in 1980. Published titles inc 1998 novel, Crocodile Soup
Professor of Clinical Genetics, Newcastle University. Knighted in 2010 for his many significant medical advances.
Archbishop of Westminster (1976-1999) – a great Church leader.
Paralympic Club Throw Gold Medalist & Freeman of Gateshead. Men's 2012 Paralympic Athletics Team Captain.
Business Woman who reinvented outdoor clothing brand Barbour. Women's Fund Co-founder.
NewcastleGateshead Local Heroes Nomination 2014
Newcastle Utd & England Captain. Scored 260 Premier League goals.
A pitman, campaigner and author, who improved the rights and working conditions of miners in the North East forever.
Photographer and co-founder of the Amber Collective. Captured the poeple of Byker to international acclaim.
Award-winning author of children's book 'Skellig', later adapted into an opera with Sage Gateshead, a play & film.
Footballer, England & Newcastle Utd Manager. Inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame, 2003.
Entertainers. Shot to fame as PJ & Duncan in Newcastle based drama, ‘Byker Grove’.
Community activist making a difference in Blakelaw for over 60 years.
Songwriter, musician & philanthropist. Award-winning career spanning several decades
Established the Vine Street Mission and dedicated her life to helping the poor of Gateshead.
Internationally renowned Northumbrian musician and composer. Recipient of the Queen's Medal for Music.
Olympic medallist, record breaking long distance runner & Great North Run founder – the world’s greatest half marathon.
Folk-rock songwriters and musicians. Writers of the much-loved ‘Fog on the Tyne’.
Screen writers, film directors and producers. Co-creators of ‘The Likely Lads’.
Actor, television presenter & champion of North East based film production. Shot to fame in ‘Soldier Soldier’.