Time to vote for your favourite Plymouth hero
WORLD beaters and legends in their own lounge – the names in The Herald's search for the Greatest Janner are rich in variety.
It's a Who's Who from Plymouth's past and present, with the addition of the odd plain Who?
There are two beauties and a beast, not one sports-star-cum-model and TV presenter but a brace and several figures who have made their mark in Britain and around the world and across the centuries.
The beast? That's how some might describe Sir John Hawkins. The city son made England's navy into a great force, helping the country become a world power and trading nation. But he also pioneered the slave trade.
Our bid to find the greatest Janner isn't an exercise in rewriting history or airbrushing out faults, though. You can be great and bad.
And how can you judge the actions of someone in the 16th century by today's standards and morals?
The Elizabethan buccaneer vote might be split – Sir Francis Drake is among your nominations, too.
The vote-for-beauty party also has two candidates, Miss England Charlotte Holmes and model and film star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Or is that four? Pool stars Sharron Davies and Tom Daley have their admirers for their figures as well as their achievements in sport and on TV.
To give the lie to the notion that there is no such thing as a popular politician there are two of those, too: Michael Foot and Nancy, Lady Astor.
The Who? contingent includes John Baron, well-known only to collectors of tropical fish.
Most walks of life are represented. One prime omission is the oldest, though.
Emma Elizabeth Crouch went from the back streets of Stonehouse to the beds of the richest and most famous in 19th century Paris, where she was known as Cora Pearl.
Her patrons/ lovers/ clients included Prince Willem of Orange, Prince Achille Murat, and Napoleon III's half-brother, the Duc de Morny. Sadly, she isn't on the list.
Still the nominations show the sense of history of Plymouth people and their sense of humour.
Here's a look at who's who in the first half of the list of nominations.
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 The Herald newsdesk, 17 Brest Road, Derriford Business Park, Plymouth, PL6 5AA