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Local Heroes

Local Heroes is a Hollywood 'Walk of Fame' style trail around NewcastleGateshead’s iconic Quayside. The trail honours individuals, either from or with strong links to the area that have made a significant contribution to NewcastleGateshead or the wider world over the past 60 years.

A series of bronze plaques are set into the pavement making use of the current Great North Way route which goes from Baltic Square to the Swing Bridge, across the river and back along the River Tyne to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.  The trail sits at the heart of one of NewcastleGateshead’s most popular visitor attractions, the Quayside.

Who's Your Local Hero?

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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.

NewcastleGateshead Local Heroes

Brendan Foster CBE

Olympic medallist, record breaking long distance runner & Great North Run founder – the world’s greatest half marathon.

Sir Bobby Robson CBE

Footballer, England & Newcastle Utd Manager. Inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame, 2003.

Dame Margaret Barbour DBE

Business Woman who reinvented outdoor clothing brand Barbour. Women's Fund Co-founder.

Alan Shearer OBE

Newcastle Utd & England Captain. Scored 260 Premier League goals.

Ant & Dec

Entertainers. Shot to fame as PJ & Duncan in Newcastle based drama, ‘Byker Grove’.

Robson Green

Actor, television presenter & champion of North East based film production. Shot to fame in ‘Soldier Soldier’.

Kathryn Tickell

Internationally renowned Northumbrian musician and composer. Recipient of the Queen's Medal for Music.

Cardinal Basil Hume OSB, OM

Archbishop of Westminster (1976-1999) – a great Church leader.

Prof Peter W Higgs

Nobel Prize Winner for Physics 2013. Predicted the discovery of the 'Higgs boson'.

David Almond

Award-winning author of children's book 'Skellig', later adapted into an opera with Sage Gateshead, a play & film.

Prof Sir John Burn

Professor of Clinical Genetics, Newcastle University. Knighted in 2010 for his many significant medical advances.

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Photographer and co-founder of the Amber Collective. Captured the poeple of Byker to international acclaim.

Doreen ‘Granny’ Jardine

Community activist making a difference in Blakelaw for over 60 years.

Stephen Miller

Paralympic Club Throw Gold Medalist & Freeman of Gateshead. Men's 2012 Paralympic Athletics Team Captain.


Folk-rock songwriters and musicians. Writers of the much-loved ‘Fog on the Tyne’.  


Songwriter, musician & philanthropist. Award-winning career spanning several decades.

Julia Darling

Award-winning writer who made Newcastle her home in 1980. Published titles inc 1998 novel, Crocodile Soup.

Sister Winifred Laver

Established the Vine Street Mission and dedicated her life to helping the poor of Gateshead.

Alderman Edward Cowen JP (Ned)

A pitman, campaigner and author, who improved the rights and working conditions of miners in the North East forever.

Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais

Screen writers, film directors and producers. Co-creators of ‘The Likely Lads’.