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19 of 34 nominations


Angel of the North

Angel of the North

Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Edwards has nominated one of our first 12 icons, the majestic Angel of the North sculpture which stands at the gateway to Tyneside.

“I would like to nominate the Angel of the North as my icon. Hardly original, but it is not simply just a piece of fantastic contemporary art, but a symbol of the cultural regeneration of Gateshead and Newcastle.”

Jonathan has strong connections to the north east. He read Physics at Vann Mildert college in Durham and now lives in Newcastle with his partner and two sons.

The 20-metre high steel Angel of the North stands on a hilltop which is clearly visible from the A1 and the east coast mainline – routes Jonathan is familiar with when he makes the regular journey to London.

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Image of Jonathan Edwards © topfoto.co.uk

Angel of the North

Jonathan Edwards

Former athlete and TV presenter

Jonathan Edwards is a former British triple jumper and widely recognised as the finest, with no fewer than 15 gold medals under his belt. He’s a member of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and works as a sports commentator and presenter on the BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’. A patron of the AIDS orphans charity HOPEHIV, Jonathan has also travelled to sub-Saharan Africa to highlight the plight of the 13 million AIDS orphans in need there.