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Holding out for a hero

Wrexham town centre
The search is on to find Wrexham's local heroes

A campaign to find Wrexham's local heroes has been given the "Royle" seal of approval.

TV and film actor Ricky Tomlinson , who lived in Coedpoeth for many years, is backing the We Love Wrexham campaign along with TV presenter Tim Vincent , raised in Penley.

Ricky, known for his starring role in the hit comedy series, the Royle Family, said: "I am delighted to be able to give my wholehearted support to the We Love Wrexham campaign - so I suppose you could say that it now has Royle seal of approval!

"Wrexham people are my kind of people - they are witty, warm and welcoming and they deserve to be treasured and celebrated."

Ricky Tomlinson as Jim Royle
Wrexham people are my kind of people - they are witty, warm and welcoming
Ricky Tomlinson

The We Love Wrexham campaign is being organised by town centre manager Isobel Watson and Kevin Critchley, the manager of the Eagles Meadow shopping centre, and is designed to create some good feeling amid the current gloom of recession.

The category winners will each be awarded vouchers worth £100 from shops at Eagles Meadow and the overall winner will also win a makeover worth £150, a meal for two and two cinema tickets.

Former Blue Peter presenter Tim Vincent is now a big star in America where he has been presenting NBC's primetime show, Access Hollywood, six nights a week.

He says: "Wherever I am in the world, I am always proud to tell people that I come from the Wrexham area. Times are tough economically, but I'm thrilled to hear that not only is Wrexham surviving, it's thriving."

Meanwhile, there's nowhere like home for Sky Sports presenter Bryn Law, a Wrexham FC fan.

Local heroes: Six categories
999 emergency service
Shop assistant
Taxi driver
Wrexham football fan

He said: "I've spent a lot of time travelling the world in my job and been lucky enough to visit some special places but Wrexham will always have the strongest place in my heart. It's surrounded by fantastic countryside, it has a rich, industrial heritage but it's the people who make it a great place.

"They are resilient in tough times, and grateful when times are good. Oh, and then there's the greatest football club in the world."

Nominations should include a 50-word description of the person being nominated and why they deserve the award together with full contact details, including telephone number and preferably an email address. Entries should be sent to Alistair Syme by email to alistair@ceidiog.com or he can be telephoned on 01824 703073.


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