Special Award 2002
Jane Tomlinson & Gareth Gates
Jane Thomlinson is a Leeds mother-of-three who is fighting terminal cancer. Courageously completed the London Marathon and was selected as the final runner for the Leeds leg of the baton relay leading up to the Commonwealth Games, handing over the baton to the Queen in a massive celebratory event in July.
In little more than a year Gareth Gates has gone from shy, Bradford based schoolboy to the dizzy heights of pop super stardom.
Pop Idol started off with 10,000 hopefuls flooding to auditions nationwide in a bid to realise their dreams. Week by week the numbers decreased until the original 10,000 were whittled down to the final 10 contestants. They became household names over night, performing live each week, as the nation became more and more fascinated with every elimination and development.
In the end it came down to just two people, Gareth and Will.
The final week of Pop Idol was accompanied by extreme media frenzy and speculation, campaign buses toured the country, each camp gained its own celebrity supporters and national newspapers choose their favourites and all stops were pulled out in the week leading up to the grand live final.
Will and Gareth received a staggering 4 million votes each, as the nation was divided and the polls leader changed from minute to minute,
With 3 number one singles, a sell out nationwide tour and two multi million pound advertising contracts the former choirboy from West Yorkshire has come an incredibly long way in his short time in the lime light.
Gareth’s pure talent and his courage at overcoming his stutter has won him a place in the nations affection and in Gareth‘s words there truly is no place like home and for him it will always be Yorkshire.