Our In­spir­ing Dun­do­nians to be re­vealed in new se­ries by the Tele

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BY STE­WART ROSS

All next week, the Evening Tele­graph will be run­ning a se­ries of spe­cial mag­a­zines which will cel­e­brate some­thing very spe­cial in­deed.

Dundee. Our city. And its amaz­ing peo­ple.

This city has changed rad­i­cally within liv­ing mem­ory, with in­dus­try, trans­port, life­style and hous­ing all to­tally dif­fer­ent from that which was ex­pe­ri­enced by pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions.

It was the peo­ple of Dundee who made this pos­si­ble.

We will be telling the story of 100 of the in­spir­ing in­di­vid­u­als who have played a part in Dundee’s story.

Some were born and raised here, oth­ers achieved their sta­tus af­ter leav­ing and, for oth­ers, Dundee was sim­ply part of their amaz­ing jour­ney.

Th­ese free, 20-page mag­a­zines will not only be pub­lished within your Evening Tele­graph but will be dis­trib­uted to schools across the city so our chil­dren will learn that we have so much to be proud of.

The sto­ries of the se­lected 100 will be told over five days — split into the themes of Sci­ence & In­ven­tion, Pol­i­tics & So­ci­ety, The Arts, Sport and, on Fri­day, the Top 10.

Read­ers will then have the chance to vote for who they think is their most “In­spir­ing Dun­do­nian”.

Lord Provost of the City of Dundee, Bob Dun­can, has added his voice to the clam­our of praise sur­round­ing the city’s in­spir­ing char­ac­ters. He said: “We all know, be­cause we live and work here, what a stim­u­lat­ing place Dundee is on ev­ery level. The cre­ative en­ergy that be­ing in or from the city gen­er­ates has clearly been there down the cen­turies.

“De­spite be­ing in­ter­ested in and proud of the city and its achieve­ments, I learned so much from be­ing al­lowed the priv­i­lege of a sneaky peak at the se­ries. Some of the sto­ries are truly re­mark­able and the peo­ple be­hind them have had a gen­uine im­pact on the world as we know it to­day.

“Dundee is a city with a rich her­itage and many peo­ple that we are proud to be as­so­ci­ated with but I am sure that our best years are still to come and that right now, some­where in one of our com­mu­ni­ties, is some­one who will have just as great an im­pact on the world as th­ese in­spir­ing Dun­do­nians did.”

Im­por­tantly, many of those in­di­vid­u­als are women whose sto­ries have been qui­etly for­got­ten over the years. They too need to be hon­oured and re­mem­bered.

“The women in­cluded in In­spir­ing Dun­do­nians come from very var­ied back­grounds,” said Mary Hen­der­son of Dundee Women’s Trail.

“Of­ten they had to strug­gle, not just to achieve, but also to get the credit for their achieve­ments. This se­ries re­minds us of the many women who con­trib­uted to sci­ence, the arts, pol­i­tics, medicine — too many ar­eas to list.

“So­cial re­former Mary Lily Walker, as­tronomer Wil­liamina Flem­ing, welder Bella Keyzer, po­lice­woman Jean Thom­son, so many women you would like to have met — they set an im­por­tant ex­am­ple to those who fol­lowed.

“Nowa­days, we en­joy the right to vote, the right to cam­paign on im­por­tant is­sues, the right and the self-con­fi­dence to use our skills and tal­ents.

“Let’s not take th­ese rights for granted,

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