The Herald is holding a poll to find the greatest Janner of them all. We’ve got Sir Francis Drake, Scott of the Antarctic and Nancy Astor to start with. There’s John Chard, hero of Rorke’s Drift, and former Labour Party leader Michael Foot. So far so good. We can add artists Robert Lenkiewicz and Beryl Cook and movie score composer Ron Goodwin who composed Where Eagles Dare, 633 Squadron (brilliant), Force Ten From Navarone and Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines.
Then things go a little, ahem, astray: Wayne Sleep, Tom Daley and Dawn French. Charlotte Holmes (she’s Miss England as I’m sure you know), Stanley Gibbons (yes, the stamp guy), Larry Speare??? – You’ll have to be a local to know this one – he’s runs “one of Plymouth’s biggest carpet and bed stockists” (that’s according to the Herald).
Now, I don’t want to be a snob or a party pooper but are people going to be talking about Tom Daley in five hundred years time? Is Dawn French’s portrayal of a female vicar in the Vicar of Dibley going to be up there alongside Nancy Astor’s role as the first woman MP? Do Wayne Sleep’s exploits on the boards match those of Scott down in the Antarctic?(cue numerous dancing on ice puns/jokes)
Make your own mind up! You can vote here: http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/VOTE-Cast-vote-greatest-Janner/story-17993376-detail/story.html