Two New Local Ambassadors Announced for the Southampton 2025 Bid


12 Feb, 2022

Today we announce two new local ambassadors, supporting Southampton’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2025. Both Don John, founder of Black History Month in Southampton, and Lynda Walton, volunteer Community Rep for Holyrood Estate, are joining the list of Southampton 2025 local ambassadors.

Drawn from different parts of the city and representing the diverse voices and cultures from across Southampton.  These local ambassadors join with the bid’s increasing cohort of local and national ambassadors including Craig David MBE, Bill Woodrow, Charlotte Edwards CBE, Baroness Floella Benjamin, Jenny Packham, Kate Prince MBE Lawrie McMenemy MBE and Zakir Hussian.


Don John said: “Southampton is one of those places that gives you the capacity to really sort of engage with these issues and engage with people in the city, and thankfully I’ve been given an opportunity to make that happen.”

Don is the founder of Black History Month in Southampton and also co-wrote ‘The Black History of Southampton 16th Century to 21st Century’. Don is also the Director of Don John Consultants and Positive Message Limited for over 30 years and has provided consulting services for other local authorities, police services, military throughout the UK. He has also been a consultant for ITV, BBC and independent film companies.

Lynda Walton is a Community Rep for Holyrood Estate and  a phone befriender for Communicare’s ‘Hello Southampton’.

Lynda Walton said: “Because I’m Southampton born and bred, the motivation for my voluntary work comes from having a love of the residents and the city. ”

“Culture means to me painting, poetry, art and theatre; also being inclusive of the various cultures, the various ways of dressing, different religions, different communities.”