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Published 6th Feb 2012

Steph McGovern and Jessica Robinson posters. Photo of Jessica Robinson by Dylan C Mason.

Two women who are spreading the word across the nation about their hometown are the latest poster stars to back Middlesbrough’s city status bid.

Steph McGovern and Jessica Robinson feature in new posters in Middlesbrough town centre backing the city bid.

Middlesbrough is one of a number of towns hoping this year to be named the nation’s newest city as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The announcement is expected in the next few months – with Middlesbrough consistently among the bookies’ favourites.

Now Steph and Jessica have lent their support to the campaign which has galvanised Middlesbrough people into speaking about their pride for their hometown.

Steph, 29, grew up in Middlesbrough, and attended Kader Primary School and Macmillan Academy, where she is now a governor.

She is regularly seen by millions as the business presenter for BBC Breakfast TV.

She has also presented and produced for the BBC on Radio 4, Radio 5 Live and alongside Chris Evans on Radio 2.

In her poster message Steph says: “Middlesbrough is home to some of the country’s most talented and enterprising young people.

“You only need to look at how the area has fought the decline of heavy industry and become a leading player in the renewable energy sector to see how we take the knock-backs and make them opportunities – exactly what Britain wants in a city.

“We work hard, we play hard and I am one of the thousands who are very proud to be from Middlesbrough.”

Jessica Robinson, 20, was a finalist in BBC 1’s talent contest Over The Rainbow which involved singing in front of millions, and Andrew Lloyd-Webber, on a weekly basis.

Jessica started singing at the age of six and was part of the Middlesbrough Youth Theatre company from a young age.

She has just completed a record-breaking stint starring in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Middlesbrough Theatre where she entertained a total audience of 22,085, breaking the previous audience record for a pantomime there.

In her poster message Jessica says: “No matter where my career takes me in life, Middlesbrough will always be my home.

“I’m incredibly proud and feel privileged to come from such a fantastic place.

“I had an amazing upbringing filled with love, security, happiness and support from my community, which all took place in Middlesbrough.”

Claire Wordsworth, from the Love Middlesbrough campaign, which has coordinated the City Status bid , said: "To have Steph and Jess backing the City Status campaign is very exciting.

"Steph and Jess are perfect ambassadors for Middlesbrough. They are extremely talented, hard-working, successful and absolutely proud and positive about where they come from.

“They are never afraid to speak up for Middlesbrough, spreading the word on the strengths of the town and the qualities of its people. We are delighted they are 100% behind the city bid.”

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Photos: Steph McGovern and Jessica Robinson as featured in their posters. Photo of Jessica Robinson by Dylan C Mason.

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