These people have made such a mark on the borough that we think they could even be recognised as honorary South Tynesiders. But have we missed anyone? Let us know who you would nominate to be an Honorary South Tynesider.
1. Mo Farah
If winning the Great North Run six years running doesn't earn you the title of Honorary South Tynesider I don't know what does. Farah completed the 2019 race with a personal best, finishing in 59 minutes, seven seconds.
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2. Muhammad Ali
In July 1977, Ali was still heavyweight champion of the world and just about at the top of his game when he paid a legendary visit to South Tyneside. Thousands packed the streets to see him pass on his way to have his marriage blessed in the town's mosque.
3. Julio Acra
Julio Arca (left) joined South Shields Football Club in 2015 and won three league titles, three promotions and six trophies during his time with the club - including helping the Mariners win the FA Vase at Wembley.
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4. Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll, who famously wrote Alice 's Adventures in Wonderland, used to visit his cousin in Whitburn during the summer holidays. He is said to have wrote the poem The Walrus and the Carpenter while staying there.
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