2. John Gregg.
Died in: 1964.
Heroic because… he’s the man behind Greggs. John used to deliver bread ingredients to Geordie families by bike in the ’30s. And in 2013 - almost 50 years after his death - Greggs recorded total sales of over £760 million.
4. Gladstone Adams.
Died in: 1966.
Heroic because… he invented windscreen wipers. Gladstone came up with the idea as he drove home in a snow storm after the 1908 Cup Final, when the Magpies lost to the Wolves. You can still see his prototype wipers at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum.
5. Mark Allison.
From: Blyth, Northumberland.
Heroic because… he’s raised over £250,000 in charity runs. Most recently, he ran over 2,300 miles across Australia in temperatures so hot the tarmac melted under his trainers.
6. Sir John Hall.
From: Ashington, Northumberland.
Heroic because… he developed Europe’s largest indoor shopping and leisure mall, the Metrocentre in Gateshead, which is one of the few shopping centres with its own chapel. He was also Newcastle United’s chairman in the ’90s, but you already knew that.
7. Chas Chandler.
Died in: 1996
Heroic because… after discovering Jimi Hendrix, he allowed the musician to stay at his mother’s home in Heaton to save money. He went on to manage Jimi and Slade, and he played bass for the Animals.
10. Professor Peter Higgs.
Heoric because… he discovered the particle named after him. But mostly because he didn’t know he’d won the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize for Physics until a former neighbour congratulated him on the street. He’d been out and doesn’t own a mobile phone.
14. Dame Margaret Barbour.
From: South Shields.
Heroic because… she turned Barbour into a world famous clothing label. And she responded to being made a Dame by saying, “This is not just for me, but for the company; everybody in my hardworking force in the North East of England.” We hear you.