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Stephen Miller joins Gateshead roll of honour

Stephen Miller will become the 21st Freeman of the Borough Gateshead at a ceremony later. He joins a select group of people judged to have made a "significant" contribution to the town, including:

  • 1978: Sister Winifred Laver, missionary who helped the poor in Gateshead, including arranging trips to the seaside for children
  • 2004: Brendan Foster, athlete who broke the 3,000m world record at Gateshead International Stadium in 1974 and went on to found the Great North Run
  • 2006: Mike Neville, television presenter who read the news for both Tyne Tees television and the BBC in the North East
  • 2011: Sir John Hall, businessman who built the Metro Centre in Gateshead and is former owner of Newcastle United, Newcastle Falcons and Newcastle Eagles
  • 2012: Anthony Gormley, artist who designed the Angel of the North

For a full list of Freemen of Gateshead, see the Gateshead Council website.


What is the Freedom of Gateshead?

Paralympian Stephen Miller will become an Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Gateshead.

Freedom of the Borough is one of the highest honours Credit: ITV

As the name suggests, the position is now a ceremonial role, although it originated as a Roman tradition to protect civic security. In Gateshead, unlike in other towns and cities, there are no historic rights or privileges associated with being granted Freedom of the Borough.

Instead, it is considered the highest honour to be among the select group considered to have made a significant contribution to Gateshead - and to be leaving a lasting legacy. Freemen are asked to become ambassadors for the town.

Stephen Miller trained in Gateshead for 15 years and is a lifetime member of the Gateshead Harriers.

Paralympian honoured with Freedom of Gateshead

Paralympian Stephen Miller will be made an Honorary Freeman of Gateshead in a special ceremony.

The athlete from Cramlington has won five medals after competing in five Paralympics, making him one of the country's most successful athletes.

Gateshead Council said he has been "inspirational" and the honour was greatly deserved.

Paralympian Stephen Miller Credit: PA

Cramlington Paralympian picked for World Championships

Three time paralympic gold medallist Stephen Miller has been selected to represent GB at the World Championships next month.

Stephen Miller will compete at the World Championships next month Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

The club thrower from Cramlington had a disappointing Paralympics last year, but has since been throwing his furthest in training in more than three years.

It is hoped a hip operation he had after London 2012 could help him get back to his best in Lyon.

Click here for the full squad for this year's games.


Full Report: Paralympian vows to walk down the aisle

Paralympic athlete, Stephen Miller, has set himself a new challenge: to walk his bride down the aisle and lead her in their first dance.

Stephen hasn't been able to walk for around four years because of a serious hip injury.

However, after a successful operation his doctors said he should challenge himself to walk again - and what better reason to do it than for his wedding.

You can watch the full report from Julia Barthram below.

Paralympian's new challenge: To walk down the aisle

Stephen Miller is able to walk again for the first time in four years Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Paralympic gold medalist, Stephen Miller, has set himself a challenge: to walk his bride down the aisle and lead her in their first dance. The club thrower hasn't been able to walk for around four years because of a hip injury.

Stephen Miller is back in training after a hip operation Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

In October he had a hip replacement which has been so successful he's been able to walk again. He was desperately in need of the operation when he failed to qualify for the final round at London 2012. His recovery was expected to take a year or more but he has astounded his doctors.

Miller has astounded doctors by returning to competition just six months after surgery Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

He returned to competition a fortnight ago, just six months after the surgery. As well as his aim to return to full competition fitness he's spurred on by his wedding in August. He's already back on his feet and hopes to be able to dance and walk with his bride on the big day.

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