OLYMPIC rowing gold medallist Tom James is urging people to support a major We Love Wrexham campaign – and find some real life local heroes.
Tom, a member of the victorious men’s four at the 2008 Beijing Games, is spearheading the drive to “talk-up” Wrexham.
Wrexham MP Ian Lucas and AM Lesley Griffiths are also on board.
Tom, who was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours list, said: "The people make Wrexham – they are warm, friendly and down to earth and there's a real sense of community and a pride in the town.
"I’m delighted there’s a We Love Wrexham campaign because it is a special place and whenever I'm back there I feel I'm home.”
The joint campaign has been devised by town centre manager Isobel Watson and Kevin Critchley, manager of the Eagles Meadow shopping complex.
“The aim is to bring the community and the town’s retailers together to underline Wrexham’s credentials as a fantastic shopping and leisure experience,” he said.
Nominations are being sought for the local heroes whose pictures will be featured on special hoardings erected in the town as part of the campaign.
The We Love Wrexham judges are looking for heroes in six different categories: Teacher, 999 emergency service, Nurse, Shop assistant, Taxi driver and Wrexham football fan.
Each of category winner will receive vouchers worth £100 while the overall winner will receive the vouchers plus a makeover worth £150, a meal for two at Nando’s and two cinema tickets for the film of their choice.
Isobel Watson said: “I love Wrexham because it's one of the friendliest places I know, with a lovely atmosphere and loads to do.
“The shopping here is second to none and we can rightly claim to be the shopping capital of North Wales.”
Kevin Critchley said: “There’s far too much doom and gloom on the TV news and this is an opportunity for us to celebrate the positive things in Wrexham.”
MP Ian Lucas added: “In the very first speech I made in the House of Commons eight years ago, I noted that Wrexham’s people were the town’s real asset. That has not changed since.”
AM Lesley Griffiths said: "Wrexham has transformed itself in recent years. There is a real buzz about the place.
“The town is brimming with ambition, drive and a pride in what’s been achieved.”
Nominations should include a 50-word description of the person being nominated and why they deserve the award, together with full contact details, including phone number and preferably an e-mail address. Entries should be sent to Alistair Syme by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 01824 703073.