Craven’s finest on list for best Yorkshire icons

Craven Herald: Malham Cove is among the landmarks on the list Malham Cove is among the landmarks on the list

There are many icons of Yorkshire – from brass bands to flat caps, from Fred Trueman to Alan Bennett – but which best sum up the county?

A poll is underway to select the 75 greatest icons of Yorkshire, and more than 20 from Craven are in the running.

The long-list of icons includes the Calendar Girls, Alan Bennett, who has a home in Clapham, former Herald journalist Dr Bill Mitchell, as well as Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy who grew up in Glusburn.

Also on the list are iconic landmarks such as Kilnsey Crag, Malham Cove, Gaping Gill and the Three Peaks.

Bolton Abbey, Ribblehead Viaduct and Skipton Castle are other contenders.

Britain’s rarest flower, the lady’s slipper orchid, which can only be found in Craven, also makes the long-list, alongside Marks & Spencer, which was co-founded by Skipton-born Thomas Spencer.

Voters can choose from more than 300 icons, which include people, places, foodstuffs, 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, log on to dalesman.co.uk/icons and pick your top ten Yorkshire icons.

The closing date for votes is January 25, 2014, and the top 75 greatest icons of Yorkshire will be revealed in the spring, when Dalesman turns 75.

And feel free to give the Craven Herald a vote by adding it to “other” at the end of the list.

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