224 comments for “Brummie of the Year 2010 — Nominations Open

  1. Mr F
    1 December 2010 at 12:25 pm

    That may be so, and he may be innocent, but he doesn’t live here and
    hasn’t done in the last year and that’s what Brummie of The Year is about. Getting people to come over here and just flood this page with comments without them actually reading, or thinking, about what this is about doen’t achieve anything (although I’m sure it may raise awareness but 1 post about Gary would have done that more effectively)

  2. Anonymous
    2 December 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I’d like to nominate Owen Radmore for his fantastic work with Rage Arts, giving people skills through film, theatre and music. Thanks, Katy

  3. 2 December 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Yep I nominate Gary Critchley

  4. 2 December 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I know the Sign for F*ck Wit if thats any help with your interpersonal skills training…? :)

  5. 2 December 2010 at 10:24 pm

    its being so cheerful keeps you goin…

  6. 3 December 2010 at 12:22 am

    Just wanted to illuminate you on Gary Critchley :)
    then if you feel he should not be Brummy of the Year at least you made your choice without ignorance my friend… regards Pete DeafboyOne

  7. Mr F
    3 December 2010 at 10:51 am

    I’d already read it but thanks for sharing.

  8. Mr F
    3 December 2010 at 10:51 am

    Good nomination Katy :)

  9. Servobrum
    3 December 2010 at 12:12 pm

    I’d like to nominate Greg Elwell, commanding Officer of Oldbury Air Cadets. Despite losing his job at Brum City council recently, Greg has fought on to make Oldbury air cadets one of the biggest units in the country.

    Greg works tirelessly day and night to ensure the 86 13-18 year olds he supports do things that can only be expressed as once in a lifetime opportunities every week. His work as seen Oldbury go from one of the lowest ranked units, to the Best unit in Staffordshire and potentially the best in the UK nominated for awards such as the Less Trophy (for best Air Cadet Squadron).

    He has ensured cadets from deprived areas have visited countries like Canada, and have got involved with their local community, including veteran associations. He has worked with young people out of work to write CVs and get a job, and has kept young people off the streets.

    I think his work for the young people of the area is a credit to Brum, and he should be honoured as such!


  10. Joshrun
    3 December 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I would also like to nominate Greg Elwell, commanding Officer of Oldbury Air Cadets.
    As one of the cadets he has helped me through every problem I have had and I know he has done this for many other people who has come through the squadron. He has supported us in anything we do (all 86 of us!) and I believe that he deserves something back from us. THANK YOU FLT LT ELWELL :)


  11. The Dalee Lama
    3 December 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Nomination for Mr Ralph – last surviving proper pedlar in town and a geezer to boot! And de-nominate anyone seeking nomination or linked to any kind of campaign group!

  12. Kylebreecher
    4 December 2010 at 12:43 am

    Jon i hope you don`t exclude Gary Critchley because he has been seperated from Birmingham Geographically, Brian Travers i`m sure will also lend his vote to Gary as UB40 are totally behind Gary`s fight for Juastice

  13. Kylebreecher
    4 December 2010 at 1:02 am

    no Mr F with respect, Gary was taken from Birmingham whilst visiting London. Obviously you have Read up but now choose to use the wrong information to detach him from Birmingham. He is being held now in Norwich and has been held all over our country. But hear this my friend…. Could He have struck a man 27 times with a Hammer without getting one drop of the victims blood on himself. i know you would question this but what would you believe on knowing it is a true fact. Brummie for the last 30yrs i say !!!!

  14. 4 December 2010 at 1:26 am

    I would like to nominate CO of Oldbury Cadets- Flt Lt Greg Elwell.

    He didn’t let losing his job get him down, and has fought to make an air cadets squadron that was told to shut down, the best Air Cadet squadron in the country. Hes helped 86 young people do some amazing things, and that number just keeps growing. He works tirelessly and selflessly and deserves some well earned praise for his hard word, and i think Brummie of the Year is much better than an OBE, so…

    Greg Elwell for Brummie Of The Year.

  15. danny
    4 December 2010 at 1:32 am

    I’d like to nominate Greg Elwell for Brummie of the Year because of all of his work with the Air Cadets on oldbury. Hes worked hard to make 888 the best in the country and we’re gonna win the lees trophy for best squadron thanks to him. He spends all his time helping all of the cadet and i think he should get something back from us.


  16. Scott
    4 December 2010 at 1:36 am


    Hes worked for oldbury air cadets for years and hes made us the best in the country. He always helps us and he make sure we do our best and takes us to do amazing things like flying and gliding.


  17. Lynne1808
    6 December 2010 at 4:45 pm

    i would also like to nominate gary critchly, he deserves to be free, after all he is inocent

  18. Lynne1808
    6 December 2010 at 5:00 pm

    mr f, r u worried he may win

  19. 6 December 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I think you may be right there Lynne :)

  20. unimpressed
    6 December 2010 at 10:34 pm

    nice. do you kiss your loved ones with that mouth?

  21. Handsome Horace
    9 December 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Ca Hello Wellwisher I don’t suppose you know we can lodge a vote please. Tried to but there’s nothing appears to be on here to indicate when and how. Thanks, Handsome Horace.

  22. 1 January 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Thanyou to all the people that (however misguidedly)voted for me, and happy new year to all of you, but I have no desire to either win this award nor to offend any of the people that have argued against me being eligible, whether because of geographics or because my nomination offends the sensibility of certain people – “I for one would not feel comfortable with …blah, blah blah…convicted murderer…”. Well let me assure that person/people that I am not now nor have ever killed or seriously hurt anyone (and this will I am certain be proven very shortly now) and I was born…bred…and have loved birmingham more than any of you judgemental arses…but happy new year to you all the same (and all the best to the red panda…whoever that is) and maybe you should nominate yourself or Jon Bounds…or should that be for the “sanctimonious brummie arsehole of the year” as I’m sure you’d win that hands down!…Bye – A TRUE BORN AND BRED BRUMMIE – GARY CRITCHLEY

  23. breech
    1 January 2011 at 7:54 pm

    My nomination for Gary was purely to raise awareness of his artistic ability and of course the fact that this Brummie has been wrongly imprisoned for 30yrs but still has his sanity fully intact. maybe if all Brummies had a fraction of Garys determination and resolve you wouldn`t need this site to defend against the majority of the rest of the countries opinion that Birmingham is infact Shit !!! People make a City what it is and looking at some of the derogative comments made towards Gary and the fact that the people who run this site have not even opened voting knowing Gary would win. are part of the reason we Brummies have to constantly defend who we are as people. Good luck to Gary in his fight for Justice he has my full support and the support of thousands of GOOD people.

  24. eileen
    2 January 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Well maybe it was misguided to vote for you Gary,I did to raise awareness of the situation you find yourself in through no fault of your own.unfortunately, you are at risk of coming up against narrow-minded bigots, who probably never even spent the time to read the private eyes’ magazine article about one of the ” biggest misscarriages of justice in British history”Just hope, for their sake, thay never find themselves in a similar situation.the true brummies, your family and friends and supporters will keep up the campaign,and you can hold yor head high. best wishes,and hope 2011 will be your year.x

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