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The hunt is on to find Yorkshire’s greatest icon – and Sheffield certainly has a few faces and places to add to the list.

Some of Sheffield’s best-loved people, places and products are in the running to come out top in a new county-wide poll.

Nominations so far include Olympic superstar Jessica Ennis-Hill, national treasure Michael Palin, boxer Prince Naseem Hamed and Helen Sharman, the first woman in space.

Sheffield’s vibrant music scene is also well-represented, with the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, The Human League and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker also making the longlist.

The poll to find the 75 greatest icons of Yorkshire has been launched by the Dalesman magazine as part of its 75th anniversary celebrations in 2014.

And the list is not limited to people – some of Sheffield’s most famous landmarks are in the running including Tinsley Towers, Sheffield University’s Arts Tower and the Crucible theatre, City Hall and Town Hall, all in the city centre.

Well-known products including stainless steel, Henderson’s Relish and Thorntons chocolate – which all originate in Sheffield – are also in contention.

Adrian Braddy, Dalesman editor, 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.”

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 and the Dales, while more unusual suggestions on the long-list include the A1 and rhubarb.

To vote, log on to and pick your top 10 Yorkshire icons. The closing date for votes is January 12 and the top 75 icons of Yorkshire will be revealed in spring.