Plymouth is full of inspirational, high-flying men and for International Men’s Day we celebrate them in an ever-expanding list.
International Men’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of men.
It highlights positive role models, and raises awareness of men’s mental health and well-being, being held during the month of Movember.
The men on this list might be charity workers, business leaders, mental health advocates, artists, sportsmen or politicians, but they all have one thing in common – they are all inspiring and taking bold steps to create increasing gender equality.
The list is in no particular order, and features 62 men from the city who make us proud.
According to Edward Butcher, who worked on the bridge, he was “one of the lucky ones”.
The 90-year-old diced with death on several occasions, falling 60ft from one of the towers – but hours after a hospital visit, he marched straight back up to the top, to avoid “losing his nerves”.
Seven people lost their lives during the “dangerous” building process, many of whom were friends of Mr Butcher.
The father of five said that he had always been a “daredevil” and changed jobs regularly so he could get the best wage.
He worked as a stonemason and retired as a painter, with several job changes in-between, and also helped build parts of Royal Parade.
Chris Dawson is one of Plymouth’s only billionaire businessmen.
He is the founder, owner and executive chairman of The Range. Dawson started as a market trader in the city selling seafood from the back of a van with his father.
He started CDS Superstores in 1989, and later opened an outlet store in Sugar Mill Business Park in Plymouth called The Range Home, Garden & Leisure. The store sold toys, home wares, DIY equipment and Jewellery.
The Range was featured in The Sunday Times Top Track 250 companies from 2003 to 2012.
Nowadays the brand has about 150 stores, all of which are owned directly by Dawson.
Daniel, a 24-year-old sales assistant won Face of Plymouth 2018 after entering as he wanted to become a role model and teach people that everyone should be treated the same.
Daniel has recently been raising money for men’s mental health after the passing of one of his best friends.
He has made it his mission to talk about mental health and be approachable to those who may need to talk about mental health.
Daniel said: “I have always wanted to be a positive role model for people. You don’t need to have a six-pack and be a model to make an impact in people’s lives.
“A good smile and laugh can go along way.”
Former Royal Marine, triple amputee and Invictus Games star Mark Ormrod is one of the city’s most inspirational individuals.
In 2007 the former Commander was seriously injured stepped on an IED. As a result of the explosion, Ormrod had to have both his legs and his right arm amputated.
Despite everything that has happened to him, Ormrod has succeeded in becoming an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, a peak performance coach, mentor and an award-winning author.
Last month, the athlete has bagged gold in a race he was never supposed to enter.
The war hero stepped into the 50m breaststroke, a stroke he had never tried before at the Invictus Games in Sydney.
The race was close to being cancelled as there was only one other competitor, 34-year-old Garry Robsinson, an Australian sniper team commander.
Ron was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2017 and is only able to move his eyes.
He now creates art using just his eyes to raise awareness for MND.
Ron said: “MND turned everything on its head. At first it was a struggle, emotionally and coming to terms with it, but we all pulled together – family and friends.
“My wife and I said we would fight this, so we did. Although I can’t just go out to see friends and family without a lot of forward planning, I do get visits from friends and family, which is really awesome.
“MND really affects everyone around the person with the disease, but we have tried to make life as normal as anyone could possibly do. We get a lot of help from our care team, who are fantastic.”
Following the death of baby Arthur, one family have pulled together to raise thousands of pounds in his name.
Arthur Granville’s uncle, Patrick Hawke, completed the London Marathon on Sunday in his memory – but says it was a team effort.
When baby Arthur was just nine weeks old, he was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and his parents, Caroline and Richard Granville were told to take their baby home and enjoy their time with him.
At 19 weeks old, on May 10, 2014, Arthur passed away – and since that time, his family and friends have raised over £22,200.
Plymouth-born Steve Walters set up the Offside Trust after being abused by serial paedophile, Barry Bennell, as a young boy.
Steve was in his care whilst training at Crewe Alexandra.
Brave Steve is one of the key ex-pros who have made sure Bennell will die behind bars.
The now 46-year-old set up the not for profit organisation, The Offside Trust, in November 2016 after British football was rocked by a series of high-profile revelations relating to child sexual abuse.
Mr Walters, along with other former professional footballers, bravely spoke about the past abuse they suffered, and waived their right to anonymity in order to encourage others to come forward.
Plymouth-born endurance swimmer Lewis grew up on Dartmoor and went to school in Tavistock.
The 43-year-old was the first person ever to swim the length of the Thames, and has recently completed his 330-mile swim along the length of the English Channel – as he urged the Government to better protect UK waters.
He has also swum the channel, and has even swum across the North Pole.
As you do. Oh, and he’s done it all to raise awareness of environmental issues.
Garth Wright is known as Plymouth’s Dunkirk veteran.
He was serving with the Royal Artillery in Lille, as part of the British Expeditionary Force, when they were pushed back to Dunkirk.
He was convinced he would be killed, like so many of his comrades.
His superiors asked for volunteer stretcher bearers to help carry the wounded and Garth stepped up.
Garth was one of 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers that were evacuated from Dunkirk 78 years ago.
He signed up alongside four friends from his village.
He was the only one to escape unharmed; three were killed in the war and the fourth was injured and sent home.
Trying to lose weight when you’ve spent a lifetime gorging on calorific pastries is by no means a walk in the park.
That’s exactly the challenge that faced Adam Watts.
After spending his day serving up hot pasties, sausage rolls and fresh doughnuts – he’d go home and snaffle a few treats himself and go hard on a few takeaways.
The never-ending routine saw Adam’s weight balloon to 23 stone, but now he’s shed a whopping TEN STONE.
Railway station staff Dave was hailed a hero after saving the life of a passenger who suffered a near fatal heart attack on board a train.
Mike Evans, 69, had just got on board a train to Dawlish with his companion Jackie after a day exploring Plymouth when he suddenly collapsed.
But quick-thinking staff at the railway station jumped on board to perform CPR before using a defibrillator to give Mike’s heart an electric shock.
Describing their actions, Mike’s daughter Linzi said: “They are so humble and handled everything with complete professionalism.
“When I met Kaye it felt like I had known her my whole life. She was really pleased he had survived, but it was all just part of her job.”
Dad of five, Robby Roulston, embarked on an epic adventure to Antarctica.
Robby spent two months in the virtually uninhabited, ice-covered continent, in constant day-light, carrying out work with the British Antarctica Survey (BAS).
The former Navy serviceman endured -46°C temperatures and spent Christmas away from his family.
Mr Roulston was part of the ICT team who went to Antarctica to bring Halley Reasearch Station back into top working condition ready for the winter team.
He is now a teacher, and also volunteers at other schools to to give talks in schools about his experience.
Commuters were greeted by huge pictures of Leigham Marie Curie nurse Rob Davidson for over two months as a call for people to ‘join team Rob’ and fund another staff member like him for the next two years.
Marie Curie and Exterion Media hoped that the campaign would provide an engaging experience for people travelling through the station and prompt them to find out more about the work that Marie Curie do.
Nurse Rob, 42, provides overnight care for terminally ill people and their families in their own homes.
He was nominated for Carer of The Year as part of the Herald Community Awards 2018.
At five years old, Shane Hart‘s life was torn apart.
He was placed into the care system, separated from his siblings and passed from pillar to post, battling depression and anxiety from an early age.
But he didn’t let his “turbulent” upbringing stop him from achieving his dreams, starring in huge Hollywood blockbusters and striving for more.
Now, 47, Shane has four children, and over 50 credits on films and TV programmes – even brushing shoulders with celebrities like Jason Statham and Keira Knightley.
Micky Fallon, who lives in Derriford, was abused by serial paedophile Barry Bennell as a child, and has bravely spoken out to help prevent the same thing happening to others.
For Micky, waiving his right to anonymity has been done for one reason and one reason only – to encourage other victims to face their demons and come forward.
Micky was just 13 years old when he was sexually abused by his football coach, a man who his parents, and other parents, trusted their children to be with.
Now 46, the father-of-three gave evidence that ensured that Bennell would die behind bars.
He also helped set up the Offside Trust, which is an organisation which aims to safeguard children in sport.
Would any Plymouth Live list of inspirational people be complete without our very own Tom Daley?
Many Plymothian’s will have watched the meteroic rise of the superstar, from his first Olympic performance, the loss of his father, and now he’s soon to be a proud father.
Not only did he win a World Championship gold in the 10m platform in Budapest, he has two Olympic bronze medals, and has been named BBC Young Personality of the Year three times, along with a bunch of other medals.
The father-of-one is also a trailblazer for the LGBT community, and the new face of Pampers, with husband Dustin Lance Black.
Paul ‘Sir Fix-a-lock’ Bushell
Sir Fix-a-lock Ltd, otherwise known as Paul Bushell, is an independent locksmith who was voted one of Plymouth’s “nicest businesses” who works tirelessly to help others.
He has the only safe engineer qualification in the region.
The company holds the record for the most reviews in the South West this side of Poole on the Trading Standards Buy with Confidence website.
And it has the most Facebook and Google reviews of any locksmith business in Devon and Cornwall.
Plympton-born Eddie Ryan is a full-time wrestling professional.
Eddie remembers watching wrestling at the Pavilions as a young boy and now he’s performing in one of the largest wrestling matches Plymouth has ever seen.
The 32-year-old Plymouth University graduate, who wears a lion mask to the ring, has been one of the most popular performers on the weekly 5 Star Wrestling TV show since it debuted on FreeSports.
He more recently performed at the WWE event at Pavilions, hosted by Triple H in October.
Doc, could be the world’s oldest tattooist – and he’s from Plymouth.
He’s been tattooing since the age of 20, and now at 85, Doc is still inking people in his Union Street shop – and thoroughly enjoying it.
He estimates that he’s scribed around 25 acres of human skin of people all across the world.
He was expelled from school, dropped out of university, got into debt and struggled to pay his rent – then he helped create a multi-million pound company before the age your boyfriend moved out of his parents’ house – impressive right?
Mr Bartlett, born in Botswana but raised in Plymouth, is the brains behind the multi-million pound digital marketing firm Social Chain.
He now works from a 6,000sq ft office in New York but admitted: “Plymouth is my home town, it means a lot to me.”
When Mr Bartlett’s first business Wallpark, a website where students could reach out to others in the same city, failed to catch fire he went back to the drawing board.
Chaz became an internet sensation when this photo of himself turning Urban Outfitters into Turban outfitters went viral.
He’s big on Twitter and helps get the voices of many heard.
Chaz is the first ever Sikh Labour councillor and a proud advocate for ethnic minorities in the city.
Six years ago, Paul Thompson set his alarm for an early start one morning.
The wake up call wasn’t to get him ready for work or to go for a run, it was the alarm he’d set to go to edge of the Tamar bridge in an attempt to end his life.
But people came to him, talked with him, and he stepped away.
Then, earlier this year, Paul was running when he saw another man on the edge of the bridge. He was able to comfort the man, talk him around, and he was taken to safety.
The dad-of-one decided to share his story of the encounter and his own struggles with mental health, which is when Paul made an awareness video.
The post quickly went viral and has since accumulated nearly 23,000 views on Facebook, and he’s now set up MalesAllowed, and has made it his mission to try and help other men deal with their problems before they build up to breaking point.
Chances are if you live in Plymouth, you will probably have crossed paths with local dancer and life model Kevin French.
Kevin is a familiar sight in the city centre, and can often be seen pushing himself backwards around town in his wheelchair.
What is unique about Kevin compared to some other performers is that he has severe cerebral palsy and struggles with speech.
Kevin has had cerebral palsy since birth and uses a spelling board or iPad to communicate.
Mr French ran for MEP several years ago and was referred to in the press as ‘Disabled Kevin’.
Thanks to his wry sense of humour, rather than take aversion to this description, Mr French took ownership of it and adopted ‘Disabled Kevin’ as a nickname.
He states in one of his social media videos ‘I love this label – I am clearly disabled… and called Kevin.’
Street Factory dance company founder Toby Gorniak is a nationally-respected hip hop artist, and qualified youth worker.
He has transformed the lives of those who need it most with his enthusiastic and purposeful approach in everything he does.
The plans for the centre will be based around the five elements of hip hop: respect, peace, love, unity, and having fun.
Street Factory, a social enterprise set up by Toby and Jo Gorniak in 2007, wants to have the building, secured on a long lease, ready before the Mayflower 400 celebrations grip the city in 2019 and 2020.
Journalist, broadcaster and DJ Gordon Sparks presents the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Devon.
Gordon was well-known for his football commentary on Radio Devon and is a keen supporter of Plymouth Argyle.
He took over the Breakfast Show from former host Simon Bates in January 2017.
Sparksy has been very open about raising awareness of Testicular cancer after being diagnosed over a decade ago.
He has stressed the importance of men to regularly check themselves and seek medical care without fear or embarrassment.
Mo Kingshott attempted to take his life six times, got involved with drugs and also started self-harming.
Now he has overcome his demons and is working closely with men who are struggling with their mental health.
Mo is an admin of Malesallowed, a Facebook group which aims to start a conversation about mental health for men, providing support for those who may need signposting.
The 34-year-old has shared his own personal struggle with mental health, including how music has helped him open up about his feelings, and said that helping people is his “calling in life” and that it makes him happy.
Daniel was on his way home from a friend’s house in Saltash when he spotted a woman at the side of the road.
The 42-year-old motorcyclist, who works on North Hill, said: “I rode up to her and calmly got off my bike and introduced myself.
“I asked if she was okay and at first she told me to keep away. It was clear that she was really upset.
“I started making conversation with her and asked her about her life and started telling her about mine.
“Gradually she calmed down and I said ‘C’mon let’s get out of here’ and I held her hand and walked her over to the officers on the other side of the bridge.
“I carried her bag and her belongings too. I wanted her to know that she had my full support.”
Plymouth businessman Larry Speare has been trading in the city for more than 50 years.
Larry started his career selling carpets in the 1950’s before opening a store in Cornwall Street in the mid-1960’s.
As well as business, Larry sponsors the “Devon Wednesday league”, and has made a long term commitment to local sport.
He sponsors Ivybridge Town football team and many other organisations.
Chief Superintendant Dave Thorne
Plymouth’s top cop Dave Thorne is responsible for the overall policing for the city.
This includes responding to incidents, investigation and neighbourhood policing.
As Plymouth Commander, he sets local priorities in consultation with partners and the local community, which meet local needs and support organisational goals.
He works with partners to address the key threats to the community and individuals, and contributes to the prevention of crime and disorder.
Benjamin Mee took over the dilapidated Dartmoor Zoo in August 2006 and reopened it to the public in July 2007.
He wrote a book about his experiences called We Bought a Zoo which was later made into a Hollywood film.
The film, which was loosely based on the book, starred Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.
It was released in 2011 and has helped drive tourism and trade into the local area ever since.
Ivor, from Plymstock, was one of many brave “bomber boys” in Bomber Command .
He signed up in 1943 to fight for his country and by the age of 19 he was a gunner – risking his life on a daily basis to rain bombs down on Nazi-occupied Europe.
But Ivor and his crew were also sent on compassionate missions – dropping 7,000lb of food to the people of Holland.
Ivor was one of 125,000 aircrew who flew with Bomber Command during the Second World War and was one of the lucky few to survive service – 55,573 of his colleagues were killed in action. The chance of completing an operation tour were around one in three.
Woody from Bastille
Chris “Woody” Wood is the drummer of the band Bastille.
Bastille are an indie band that formed in 2010. Their first album, Bad Blood, was released in March 2013 and entered the UK charts at number one.
The band was nominated for four Brit Awards at the 2014 ceremony, winning the British Breakthrough Act.
As of November 2014, Bastille have sold over five million records in the US and more than two million records in the UK.
The Plymouth-born musician is also a keen supporter of Argyle and often attends many of the matches.
Brave railway worker John tackled a knife-wielding killer at Plymouth station, but insists he was “no hero”.
Ticket office supervisor John disarmed Jamie Skinner as he stabbed his friend almost 40 times in a sudden and frenzied attack in broad daylight.
Tragically father-of-five Wayne Fenton was fatally injured and Skinner was later jailed for life for his murder.
Mr Phare, from St Budeaux, saw Skinner repeatedly stabbing 49-year-old Mr Fenton in the station concourse at about 10am on August 8 last year.
Ambulance volunteer Mike was officially named as an ‘unsung hero’ for going above and beyond the call of duty this year.
Community First Responder for South West Ambulance Foundation Trust (SWASFT) Mike was crowned as Volunteer of the Year at the national Unsung Hero Awards.
Mike has covered the Liskeard and Looe area of Cornwall for 15 years, having attended more than 3,000 incidents including more than 200 cardiac arrests.
The dedicated volunteer started out as a member of St John’s Ambulance from the age of 11, and helped the charity for more than 50 years.
He has provided over 32,500 hours of cover in his role of Community First Responder (CFR).
Mehdi has been running the Plymouth half marathon every year since 2009 – raising £3,500 in 2017.
Mehdi raises money for JDRF – an organisation dedicated to finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. His daughter Scarlett was diagnosed with the condition age two. She has her finger pricked for blood at least six times a day, which in the time since she was diagnosed is at least 10,300 times.
She endures regular cannula changes, hospital check-ups and high and low blood sugar episodes that can leave her feeling sick, dizzy and confused.
For her and the estimated 29,000 children in the UK living with Type 1 diabetes JDRF offers hope that one day a cure will be found.
In total, Mehdi has marshalled 29 people to run the Plymouth half marathon race and expects fundraising in the past two years to top £24,000.
He also gives a 20 per cent discount to any Type 1 diabetes sufferers who arrive at his restaurant Fuel and routinely provides meals for Plymouth’s homeless.
103-year-old Frederick Vinecombe, was born in 1914 and has had a fascinating life, he said that the secret to living to his impressive age was to keep out of trouble, eat healthy and stay active.
Mr Vinecombe served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a flight sergeant during the Second World War.
He was shot down over France during his six-and-a-half years in the air force and captured as a prisoner of war.
Lorne, a once homeless man who spent his time boozing on the streets has turned his life around with the help of a homeless hostel – and developed a passion for building guitars.
Lorne found himself on the streets after his relationship broke down.
He landed on hard times as a rough sleeper and got drunk to pass the time.
But determined Lorne managed to get back on his feet after seeking the help of the homeless hostel at Devonport House.
Lorne spent two years there and he’s now enjoying life in his own pad.
Ex-Royal Marine, Peter Kelly, found himself unemployed after leaving the services and decided to create something to help others facing this problem.
Mr Kelly developed the app ‘Imployable’ after he left the Royal Marines in 2015.
He already has a partnership with Google and reached the group stages of Virgin Media’s Voom Pitch 2018 competition.
Plymouth’s rising diving star Matthew Dixon secured silver at the Commonwealth Games in April.
Comparisons with Daley, who made his Olympic debut aged 14 in Beijing, are inevitable and Dixon would welcome replacing his fellow Devonian once Daley retires. Daley is expected to quit after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The city rallied together this year after Plymouth Argyle centre-back, Ryan Edwards, was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The 24-year-old centre-back, who had an operation in January after his diagnosis, has now been given the all clear.
Edwards has been inundated with messages of support from across the football world but especially from his Argyle team-mates and the Green Army.
It was anything but easy for Alan growing up gay.
Now 46, he lives happily in Plymouth with his partner of seven-and-a-half years, Mark Ayres.
Alan, who grew up in the city and is now part of the history department at the University of Plymouth, and is proud to tell his story.
The Plymouth-born co-founder of alternative rock band Wolf Alice is an NME Awards winner and guitar ace.
The guitarist’s band has even been nominated for a Brit Award, and won the 2018 Mercury Prize for their album Visions Of A Life, beating pop-star, Lilly Allen.
The alternative rockers have previously had six nods in the NME prizes, plus a Brit and Grammy nomination.
Their album is currently up for a Best Album gong at the NME Awards this year as well.
Joff co-formed the band in 2010, as an acoustic duo with lead singer Ellie Rowsell. The band later expanded into a four-piece with drummer Joel Amey and Bassist Theo Ellis.
There are few things cooler than being a record-breaking Polar explorer – and our Antony has a few of those under his (presumably thermal) belt.
The former forces man, who grew up in Wembury and went to Plymstock School, is also a climate change ‘educator’ and businessman.
Mohamed Muganzi is the director of Plymouth Islamic Education Trust [PIETY] and he feels it is his calling to glue Muslims and non-Muslims together, to eradicate any divisions.
The Plymouth Muslim community is neither large nor wealthy, and is mostly made up of refugees, asylum seekers and restaurant workers.
But through vigorous fundraising and generous donations, it was done, and the centre officially opened.
Now every year PIETY holds an open day for people to find out what goes on inside on a day-to-day basis.
PIETY is now looking to the future, and the inevitable further expansion of the Muslim community in Plymouth, currently estimated to be around 3,000.
Big Issue Vendors are part of the fabric of many cities across the UK. Plymouth and the surrounding area is home to around 15-20 sellers, but not many have captured the hearts of the public quite like Clive.
Clive isn’t a native to Plymouth; he moved to the city eight years ago. At the time he was in the midst of one of the darkest periods of his life,struggling with homelessness, alcoholism and undiagnosed mental health problems.
Now Clive, 55, can be seen on his patch outside the Theatre Royal up to six nights a week. It’s down to the theatre, his determination, and his dog Geezer that he’s managed to turn his fortunes around.
Ian Potts, an architect who is retiring after a 32-year career is responsible for some of Plymouth’s best known buildings, like Plymouth Fish Market, Berkeley Square, and Azure on The Hoe.
Mr Potts launched the Architects Design Group (ADG) with Marc Nash and Phil Burgess in 1985 but retired earlier this year.
Since inception ADG has been responsible for many of Plymouth’s most outstanding buildings and Mr Potts said he is delighted to be leaving a legacy.
A hero Plymouth cop has been honoured for his bravery after running to help victims during the London Bridge terror attack.
Adam Gorsuch, who now lives in London, was just coming off duty when a call came in over the radio that there was an incident unfolding near Borough High Street.
The 34-year-old, who went to St Boniface Catholic College, jumped in his car and for 10 tense minutes drove from east London to London Bridge, where there were reports a van had mounted a pavement and ploughed into pedestrians.
Adam was just one of more than 200 people who received the Metropolitan Police commendations for their actions during the London Bridge, Westminster and Finsbury Park terror attacks.
John Hamblin, is the chief executive of the city’s biggest homeless charity Shekinah.
Plymouth-based charity Shekinah had its humble beginnings in a very basic building in Millbay, which over a decade ago was demolished and replaced with what exists there now.
The charity now spans across Plymouth, Torbay and South Devon.
Over the years Shekinah has developed a range of well-respected services including Plymouth’s only drop-in centre for rough sleepers, an education, training and employment programme and in Torbay a 28-bed hostel, a therapeutic horticulture programme and more recently a new community centre.
And during its 25 years, “thousands” of people have been helped by Shekinah, none of which would have been possible without its staff, volunteers, donors and funders.
Founder of Plymouth Boat Trips, Ben Squire, signed a deal to take on the waterfront area and give it a makeover.
The harbour will be undergoing a deep clean, with a fresh lick of paint, new signs and sleek, modern lighting.
Straight-talking building firm boss Brett starred on The Apprentice alongside fellow Plymothian Charliene Wain in 2015.
He divided opinion on the show he’s since shown himself to be as charitable as he is entrepreneurial.
He’s been asked to lecture University of Plymouth students on entrepreneurship for a third successive year, and his firm is also involved in construction of the £48million Drake Circus Leisure multiplex at Bretonside.
Brett said long-term plans to start a clothing brand and even a coffee shop, to be called Entreprenoir, are still on the table, but not a priority.
Jacob Dawson is proving time and time again why he’s a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.
The 24-year-old has taken his passion for rowing all over the globe in a quest for honours.
Now the Plymouth-born athlete – crowned The Herald’s amateur sports personality of the year for 2017 – has notched up another big achievement as a member of Team GB.
Jacob – who dreams of one day becoming a Royal Marine – scooped up a silver medal in a four-man rowing race in the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
Jonny Dodge is a British Formula 1 events and aviation entrepreneur and founder of the Dodgeball Rally – the bi-annual supercar rally held around Europe.
Oozing with success, he gained a first class degree in product design at the University of Plymouth, followed by a master’s degree at Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London, he then organised a boat rally called The BladeRun.
He went on to work on the Gumball 3000, the 3,000-mile international celebrity motor rally, and then invested in the London nightclub Aura Mayfair with his business partner Tony Fernandes.
In 2011, Madonna held talk on investing in the club after visiting it.
Love Island hunk Charlie Frederick stole many hearts in his short stint on the reality TV show.
He won over viewers with his chiselled abs, cheeky charm and his attempts to help Alex, aka ‘Dr Love’ win over Meghan.
The surf-dude attended Yealmpton Primary School as a fair-haired, baby-faced child – and went on to study at Ivybridge Community College.
Plymouth-born folk hero Seth makes the fiddle look cool – and for that we salute him.
He has dedicated his newest album to Plymouth journalist Tristan Nichols who tragically died last month.
Seth and Tristan had been friends since childhood,
Romain Larrieu gained quite the following in his career at Plymouth Argyle, but he also spent a large part of his career raising awareness of cancer.
The former goalkeeper and club captain Larrieu has been a charity fundraiser and campaigner for testicular cancer after being diagnosed with the disease in 2006.
MP Luke Pollard is the city’s first openly gay MP.
He was elected to the Plymouth Sutton and Devonport seat in the recent General Election as Labour took back the constituency.
Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer evaded capture and stormed to glory in the explosive finale of Celebrity Hunted earlier this month, raising thousands for charity.
Johnny grew up in a strict Baptist family with seven siblings. Between 1995 and 2000 he was educated at Eastbourne College, a co-educational independent school in Eastbourne in East Sussex.
After completing school, he opted to spend time working as an intern in the City of London instead of attending university.
Johnny was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Royal Artillery after passing out from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in June 2003 before being promoted to lieutenant in April 2005.
He rose to the rank of Captain in April 2008 and was attached to 29th Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, serving three tours of Afghanistan. He retired in December 2013.
Incredible gym buff Alex Rainey took the crown of ‘Mr Plymouth’ in the 2017 compeition.
He beat four other men to the crown in what was an event of an extremely high standard.
For Mr Rainey, success in the competition was the culmination of four years of hard work and sacrifice.
Training four times a week at the Flex Fitness gym, he balanced his regime around regular 12-hour shifts in the security team at Derriford Hospital.
On World Mental Health Day, Dave told his harrowing story in the hope that other train drivers will seek support and he is urging anyone thinking of taking their own life to speak up and seek help.
Dave followed in his father’s footsteps and started working on the railways in 1974 – but it left with him with many mental health problems after witnessing some horrific sights.
At an age when most people haven’t even sorted out getting a mortgage Steve is impressively masterminding a Plymouth business which is creating more than 50 jobs and could soon be lending £800million.
Steve founded financial advice business Responsible Life, at Estover’s Airport Business Park, with business partner Paul Starkey in 2010.
Fellow swimmer Ben, of Plymouth Leander, is busy setting his own records.
This summer he won the 50 metre butterfly world title and, at just 22 years old, there’s a lot more to come from him.
Plymouth-born rugby star Henry, 24, started his career at Albion before moving on to Exeter Chiefs.
There he has excelled, and the former Plymouth College student has since played for England.
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