25 November 2008
By John Prendergast
A SAUSAGE shop, international footballer, controversial campaigner and a cemetery are among the nominees for a Southwark Blue Plaque.
The 2008 list of nominees has been released and nominees will be looking to join the 40 plaques already erected, all of which have been won following a public vote.
Luminaries who have already won include Sir Henry Cooper, Sir Michael Caine and notable landmarks such the Globe Theatre and the site of the historic Tabard Inn in the Borough.
However ancient sites and famous celebrities are not the only previous winners as Manze's Pie and Mash Shop, charity Time and Talents and Borough Market have also secured enough votes in previous years to be awarded the honour.
This year's list is as eclectic as ever and includes the much loved Kennedys Sausages that has recently shut its doors for the final time.It also contains Camberwell born footballer Kenny Samson, who played 86 times for his country and still is in the top ten most capped England players, amongst its numbers.
Elsewhere, activist and campaigner Peter Tatchell is also nominated for his human rights work.
Tatchell is also known locally in Southwark for the bitter by-election campaign he fought with Simon Hughes in 1983, before the latter secured the MP’s seat for North Southwark and Bermondsey.
Less controversial is Nunhead Cemetery, which is one of the great Victorian burial grounds, which has been in operation since 1840.
In total there are 25 nominees with at least one from each community area in the borough. Voting will remain open until March 31 next year, so there is plenty of time to give your opinion.
Between now and March the 'News' will feature all the nominees on its history pages.
If you would like to vote then call 020 7252 2000 or e-mail email@example.com.
Bandstand in Southwark Park, erected in 1844
Peter Tatchell, human rights activist
Spa Road Terminus, 1836 to 1915
Borough and Bankside
Bermondsey Abbey, monastery founded in 1082
The Old Operating Theatre, oldest surviving operating theatre since 1822
Winchester Palace, 12th century palace (pictured)
Camberwell Green and Fair, since 1279
Camberwell Palace of Varieties, built 1899 demolished 1956
Keib Thomas, Campaigner, 1946 to 2007
Kenny Sansom, Arsenal and England footballer
St Giles's Door in Benhill Road
Sam Mussabini, athletics coach of Harold Abrahams
Nunhead and Peckham Rye
Brocks Fireworks, provided the most famous fireworks across the world, since 1720
Corset Factory, bombed 1944
Dame Elizabeth Cadbury DBE, English philanthropist and wife of George Cadbury, the chocolate manufacturer
Nunhead Cemetery, one of London's seven great Victorian cemeteries, consecrated 1840
William Blake, English poet, painter, and printmaker who reportedly had his first vision on Peckham Rye
From Boyhood to Manhood Foundation, educational and self-development programme empowering young people
Sam King MBE, Southwark's first black mayor
Father Nick Richards at St Mary's Church, local and well respected vicar with 29 years of service
Charlie Drake, comedian, stage, television and film star born in Elephant and Castle
East Street Market, the People's market and market site since 1880
Fisk Jubilee Singers at the Tabernacle, African-American singers formed in 1871
George Tinworth, Walworth born ceramic artist, 1843 to 1913
Kennedy's sausages, 1877 to 2007
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