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Condor plaque decision.

Tyneside's most respected figures from history could soon be joined by one of Newcastle's most unusual cult celebrities from 100 years ago.

More than 80 blue plaques across the area help passers-by remember the likes of Thomas Bewick, the Stephensons and Lord Chief Justice Taylor.

But now natural history experts want a stuffed Andean Condor bird, which is in Newcastle's Hancock Museum, to have a plaque of its own.

The condor, the largest flying bird in the world, then still alive, was brought to the North East from Chile and crowds flocked to see it.

A meeting of heritage chiefs on January 26 will consider the plaque proposal.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 22, 2005
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