Hampshire sporting heroes celebrated at exhibition at the Spinnaker Tower

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HEROES of Hampshire past and present are being celebrated at a new city exhibition.

Familiar faces from the worlds of film, literature, sport, community and emergency services are being highlighted during the event, which is being held on viewing decks at Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf Quays.

Alan Knight at the Hampshire Heroes exhibition at The Spinnaker Tower. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (133111-6956)

Alan Knight at the Hampshire Heroes exhibition at The Spinnaker Tower. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (133111-6956)

Among them is Pompey legend Alan Knight, who paid a visit to the tower to officially open the exhibition.

Others include silver screen actor Colin Firth who went to school near Winchester, broadcaster Fred Dinenage and renowned authors Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Other Hampshire heroes celebrated at the exhibition include Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighters Alan Bannon, 38, and Jim Shears, 35.

The men tragically lost their lives while fighting a blaze at Shirley Towers in Southampton in 2010.

Another person featured is serving Hampshire police officer Alex Stypulkowski.

He was last year named the most courageous police officer in England and Wales at the annual national Police Bravery Awards.

PC Stypulkowski received the award after tackling a mentally-ill man who repeatedly stabbed him with a screwdriver in Petersfield.

Ellie Stokes from the Spinnaker Tower said: ‘PC Stypulkowski has written his own board as well.

‘He’s incredibly modest about what he did. We have got two firefighters, Alan Bannon and Jim Shears who sadly lost their lives doing their jobs.

‘Their sections are written by their wives.’

Firefighters from Southsea station were due to visit the Spinnaker Tower today as part of the exhibition to talk about their work in the hope of inspiring others.

Ellie added: ‘We wanted to celebrate the people of our area.

‘It’s nice to celebrate people, celebrate the city and for visitors to have something extra on the view decks.’

The exhibition will be on display on viewing decks at the Spinnaker Tower until November 24.