So what's Yorkshire's top icon?

The Cow and Calf rocks at Ilkley. What’s your favourite icon of Yorkshire?

The Cow and Calf rocks at Ilkley. What’s your favourite icon of Yorkshire?

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There are many icons of Yorkshire – from brass bands to flat caps and from the Brownlee brothers to the Bronte sisters – but which best sum up the county?

A poll is underway to select the 75 greatest icons of Yorkshire, and several from the Ilkley and Otley areas are in the running.

The long-list of icons includes natural landmarks like Ilkley Moor, Otley Chevin, and the Cow and Calf Rocks.

Also on the list are Ilkley-born TV personality Alan Titchmarsh and Otley furniture designer Thomas Chippendale.

The Yorkshire song On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at is another contender, along with the Wharfedale printing press, Bolton Abbey and Betty’s Tea Rooms.

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 said: “To celebrate 75 years of publishing, we thought it would be a nice idea to find the 75 greatest Yorkshire icons.

“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 and pick your top ten Yorkshire icons.

The closing date for votes is January 12, 2014, and the top 75 greatest icons of Yorkshire will be revealed in the spring, when Dalesman turns 75.

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