Ryedale in the running for Dalesman's anniversary icon list

A POLL is under way to select the 75 greatest icons of Yorkshire, with several from Ryedale in the running.

The long-list of icons includes the North York Moors and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Historic buildings such as Castle Howard, Duncombe Park and Helmsley Castle are also contenders, as are Pickering Castle and Rievaulx Abbey.

Also on the list is Brideshead Revisited, which was filmed at Castle Howard, and the television series Heartbeat, which was also made locally.

Eden Camp and celebrity chef James Martin, who was born in Malton, are also winning votes from the public.

The poll is being run by Dalesman magazine as part of this year's 75th anniversary celebrations.

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.

Dalesman editor Adrian Braddy said: “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, go to dalesman.co.uk/icons and pick your top ten Yorkshire icons.

The closing date for votes is Sunday, January 12, and the top 75 greatest icons of Yorkshire will be revealed in the spring, when Dalesman turns 75.

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