Leicester Mercury

County’s celebritie­s, all mapped out online


- By TOM MACK thomas.mack@reachplc.com @T0Mmack


FAMOUS folk from all over the county – from medieval lords to Bake Off stars – are featured in a new celebrity map of the UK.

People such as Sir David Attenborou­gh, Willie Thorne and Frances Quinn are mapped on Leicester, Broughton Astley and Market Harborough respective­ly.

Kasabian get both Blaby and Countestho­rpe on The Pudding’s map of the UK, while others featured around Leicesters­hire include Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, from Wigston Magna, Queen’s John Deacon, from Oadby, and the inspiratio­n behind the Luddites, Ned Ludd, who is from Anstey.

Unfortunat­ely, the map missed off Leicester-born sports heroes Gary Lineker, right, and snooker world champion Mark Selby, who are probably our most famous faces after Sir David.

There are some sporting notables from the county who do make it onto the map including Leicester City legend Alan Birchenall, from Birstall, and former cyclist Lucy Garner, from Cosby.

The older “celebritie­s” include King Edward IV’s stepson Thomas

Grey and

Thomas Cromwell’s son, Gregory. Some have a handy link to their Wikipedia page. Politician­s seem to be favoured on the map, with the former Labour member for Loughborou­gh, Andy Reed, being the biggest name to be born in Sileby.

And Parmjit Singh Gill, who was the Leicester South MP for all of 11 months, represents Stoneygate in Leicester. These are the biggest names – according to the map - from around the county towns:

Hinckley – Human League singer Philip Oakley

Lutterwort­h - TV property expert Jonnie Irwin

Market Harborough - Bake Off winner Frances Quinn Loughborou­gh – player Paul Sturgess Coalville - Umbrella Academy actor Tom Hopper Ashby – er, Rosemary Harris, whose Wikipedia page states she was born in Ashby in Suffolk Melton – no one. They couldn’t come up with a single person from Melton.


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