Star Opinion: The greatest ever Yorkshireman is...?

Brian Blessed is the greatest living Yorkshireman according to many in the region. Photo by Simon Dewhurst
Brian Blessed is the greatest living Yorkshireman according to many in the region. Photo by Simon Dewhurst
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Who is the greatest living Yorkshireman? Now there’s a question to get people talking.

Prime Minister David Cameron lit the blue touch paper when he suggested his colleague, Rotherham-born William Hague, could claim the title at the Conservative party conference.

Mr Hague has no doubt had an impressive career and is a very intelligent man, but he hasn’t won widespread support from Star readers.

In truth there is no definitive answer. God’s own county simply has too many worthy candidates.

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South Yorkshire is particularly blessed with contenders and we discuss some of the best in Friday’s paper and online.

Trying to pick one name will always lead to questions about why ‘so-and-so’ is greater than the ‘other chap’.

Still, that’s the problem with living in such a brilliant county. It must be terrible to come from somewhere else where the field of the greatest is just one or two individuals.

Yorkshire folk are traditionally a reticent lot so we find it difficult to talk about ourselves – particularly when it comes to saying how good we are.

Maybe this debate will only last for another 100 years or so before we come up with an answer...