Rich variety in list of nominations for Greatest Janner poll
HERE'S the second half of the list of nominations for your vote in The Herald's Greatest Janner poll.
As with the first, this is an illustration of the city's rich history.
There is another Elizabethan go-getter (of other people's property), in the mould of Sir Francis Drake.
But Nicholas Sherwell was a great giver, too, distributing wealth and helping the city's poor.
He left his mark in what is now the United States, too: apparently helping the Pilgrim Fathers and aiding the foundation of settlements there. If the poll does nothing else, it has brought to the fore a name that deserves greater recognition.
Nominators clearly rate bravery as a key criterion in judging greatness. Two George Medal winners that few will have heard of have been nominated, Cyril George Lidstone and George Henry Wright, as has a celebrated recent recipient of a Military Cross, medic Kate Nesbitt, and one man whose bravery was known throughout the world, Robert Falcon Scott.
The arts are well represented. There are another two painters on the second half of the list, Robert Lenkiewicz from the 20th century and Sit Joshua Reynolds from the 18th, plus Britain's most famous male dancer, Wayne Sleep.
The list also shows the Janner sense of humour. Carpets and beds man Larry Speare is up for your votes, as is Plymouth Argyle mascot Pilgrim Pete.
The Green Army vote faces being split four ways, though. The club's most famous goal scorer Tommy Tynan, passionate green Gordon Sparks and club president Chris Webb are on the list with Pete.
What a shame that The Herald's own mascot hero, Pothole Pete, didn't get a nod.
One of our own is on the list, though: long-time columnist Chris Robinson.
He is the city's leading local historian and has probably written more about Plymouth than anybody before him.
He is, then, the ideal person to turn to for advice on who should get your vote.
But first, does he known who nominated him? "I know of at least one person who did, because she said she had on Facebook," he reveals.
"I am a bit embarrassed and flattered. The cricket team I play for have taken the mick."
Chris believes that whoever is chosen as Greatest Janner must at least have had – or have – pride in and a strong connection or affinity with the city.
"I have already voted – for Drake," he adds.
To view all the short-listed nominations or cast your vote, go to www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/greatest. Or you can write the name of your choice on a postcard and send it to: Greatest Janners, The Herald newsdesk, 17 Brest Road, Derriford Business Park, Plymouth, PL6 5AA