THE hunt to find West Lancashire’s greatest ever residents has well and truly begun with suggestions about who to include in our list pouring in.
West Lancs is full of heroes. Places such as Ormskirk, Skelmersdale, Burscough, Up Holland, Aughton and Hesketh Bank have been blessed by so many incredible men and women over the years – war heroes, inventors, actors, sports stars, politicians, community campaigners, charity workers.
There have been many suggestions on who to include on our list and below is just a taster of those who have been nominated.
Jon Culshaw is one of the stand out nominations. He is a local lad who was educated at St Bede’s Roman Catholic high school. He started out at Ormskirk hospital radio before becoming the well known DJ and comedian that we all know and love today.
Stuart Maconie has also been suggested for inclusion on our list. Although Maconie was born in Whiston he has several links to West Lancashire including attending Edge Hill University before working as an English teacher at Skelmersdale college.
Stuart is well known for his literary efforts including ‘Pies and Prejudice’, he is also a well respected DJ with his shows on Radio 2 and Radio 6 gaining him a huge following.
Steph Woods, brought Skelmersdale to the attention of the British public after she wowed judges on X Factor with her angelic voice. Steph is currently following her music career with plans to release an album in the near future.
Brave Millie Heaton has also been nominated for the incredible courage she has shown throughout her cancer battle and the inspiration she has been to the Skelmersdale community.
More historic figures have also sought to be included on our list.
Margaret Beaufort was the mother of King Henry VII and paternal grandmother of King Henry VIII. She was a key figure in the Wars of the Roses and an influential matriarch of the House of Tudor. She lived with her husband Thomas Stanley in Lathom House and was an important figure in the community.
James Witter from Aughton is a Titanic survivor who worked as a steward on board the doomed vessel. He helped to load the lifeboats and went on to work for many more years with the White Star Line. He also helped Walter Lord when he wrote A Night To Remember.
To nominate your favourite resident email: sophie.mccoid @trinitymirror.com.