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What's Your Yorkshire Icon? A WAB Debate

Friday January 10 2014

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THERE are many icons of Yorkshire, but which best sum up the county? A poll is underway to select the 75 greatest icons of Yorkshire - and quite a few from Barnsley are in the running.

The historic Wentworth Castle is a contender, as are Barnsley actor Brian Glover and artist Ashley Jackson.

The long list of icons includes the films Brassed Off and Kes, which were both filmed locally.

Also on the list are Barnsley-born cricket legend Dickie Bird and the Bard of Barnsley, Ian McMillan.

Other locals who could make it into the icon list are the Arctic Monkeys, Brian Blessed, Geoff Boycott, Michael Parkinson and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Voters can choose from more than 300 icons, which include people, places, food, films, landmarks, buildings, companies and books.

Early favourites include the Yorkshire pudding, Alan Bennett, the Dales and York Minster.

The poll is being run by Dalesman magazine as part of its 75th anniversary celebrations in 2014.

Editor Adrian Braddy explained: "To celebrate 75 years of publishing, we thought it would be a nice idea to find the 75 greatest Yorkshire icons.

"It’s called God’s Own Country for a reason - there is probably no other British county with so many reasons to be proud.

"Yorkshire has an incredibly powerful sense of identity and this is strengthened by regional icons like the white rose and Yorkshire pudding, things synonymous with the county which fill us with Yorkshire pride."

To vote, click here. The closing date for votes is January 12.

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Reply Posted by purpleirene on Friday January 10 2014 at 12:04
James Martin the chef

Reply Posted by all of your links r belong to us. on Friday January 10 2014 at 12:12

Reply Posted by lauren on Friday January 10 2014 at 12:17
Best thing to come out of Barnsley is the Yorkshire pudding in my opinion mmmm my grandma use to make the best cooked in beef dripping passed on from her to me and when my daughter and son can cook I will be learning them how to make the best Yorkshire pudding EVER

Reply Posted by PC on Friday January 10 2014 at 12:39
Albert Hurst and his pork pies and black puddings...After all, he won the European black pudding championships!

Reply Posted by kristy on Friday January 10 2014 at 14:35
national coal mining museum & yorkshire pudding

Reply Posted by Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know on Saturday January 11 2014 at 08:26
The Barnsley Chop, on the horizon Emily Moor & finally Barnsley Town Hall

Reply Posted by sid on Saturday January 11 2014 at 21:20
I'd pick York as an icon.
Not sure about Yorkshire puds though, Aunt Bessie's killed them off. The tourists must wonder what all the fuss is about when they order them in a restaurant and they are served those frozen horrors. Rubbish food!

Reply Posted by rainbow on Sunday January 12 2014 at 09:28
Anybody but Dickie (pass the tissues) Bird..!

Reply Posted by crazy dave on Sunday January 12 2014 at 15:43
Ian McMillan as icon are they taking the piss?

Reply Posted by Aidan on Sunday January 12 2014 at 17:12

Reply Posted by Kfc on Sunday January 12 2014 at 21:15
Seth Armstrong Emerdale Farm. A honest family man Barnsley Born Barnsley Bred.

Stan Richards a family man and proud to come from tarn. A True ambassador to the town and always believed in his roots.

A pleasure to have been associated with the man and his family when we were kids in Athersley.

Good bless you Stan.

Reply Posted by jk on Monday January 13 2014 at 12:39
Barnsley chop

Reply Posted by lauren on Monday January 13 2014 at 16:52
Fish and chips
Pork pie and mushy peas
Bacon butties
black pudding

Before any one says no I don't eat these foods all the but I do have them as little treats every now and again (be treat wise)

Reply Posted by june on Monday January 13 2014 at 17:07
Please tell me you don't eat all them in one meal...hahahha

Reply Posted by lauren on Monday January 13 2014 at 17:11
I wish people would actually read the comment before actually commenting themselves obviously not or I would be fat like I said be treat wise

Reply Posted by yorkshireman on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 07:40
The White Rose
York Minster
The Peak District

Reply Posted by J. on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 09:54
Brassed off!

Reply Posted by rainbow on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 10:12
Kipper Jackson..

Reply Posted by Charlie on Thursday January 23 2014 at 22:40
Manchester United Shirts

Reply Posted by Nic on Wednesday April 23 2014 at 16:15

ipso Regulated