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Friday, August 26, 2005
  Hall of Fame
John Hemming, Lib Dem MP for Birmingham (Yardley) is planning a regional hall of fame. "Birmingham was supposed to have a Hall of Fame on the current site of the ICC many years ago. This did not happpen. As part of promoting Birmingham within the region I beleive we need a hall or wall of fame. This will recognise the many successes of people in the region. Clearly this is something that will require the involvement of specialist committees to review each area such as sport, music, comedy, theatry, industry etc. I think it is also important that the public should be involved in deciding who are the top people in each category."

"I have been discussing this with members of the local media and also have a potential site identified although an agreement has to be created. The Evening Mail is backing the idea and will be asking their readers to take part in suggesting names. "

"Clearly the decision as to who is the top local comic, top local musician/band or top local sportsman is one for local people to take. Should it be Jasper Carrot or Lenny Henry, UB40 or Ozzy Osborne. That's a decision for the people, not me or other politicians. In terms of people from History, Joseph Chamberlain is an obvious candidate. Regionally Shakespeare also has a guaranteed slot."
 
Comments:
Lenny Henry, of course, isn't a Brummie.

He's from Dudley.
 
Personally I would describe the region as Mercia, you may describe it as the West Midlands as might the government, the LGA etc etc. Hereford may not be sure where it is, but I am sure Dudley is.
 
John Bright & Wallace Lawlor
 
Lenny Henry is not from Birmingham, but Jasper Carrot isn't even vaguely funny.
 
A Brummie friend of mine once had he idea for "The Best Brummie Album in the World ... Ever!"

Contenders are IIRC:

The Ozmeister
Duran Duran
Pop Will Eat Itself
Roy Wood ....
 
David Lodge/Philip Swallow
Jonathon Coe
Noddy Holder (does Wolverhampton count?)
Neville Chamberlain
Gladstone Small
not to mention Book Value
 
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