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