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New icons of Englishness unveiled
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The Notting Hill Carnival, Hadrian's Wall, the mini-skirt, cricket, Morris dancing and the pub have all been added to a list celebrating icons of England.

Blackpool Tower, the Eden Project, Big Ben and York Minster are also among 21 new additions to the list.

The ICONS - A Portrait of England project celebrates things which symbolise the nation, with nominations and votes made by the public.

The online list will be expanded to 100 icons by the end of 2006.

'National treasures'

The other icons to be added to the list on Friday include the flag of St George, London's famous curry road Brick Lane, the Lindisfarne Gospels, Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species and The Domesday Book.

FIRST 12 ICONS
Stonehenge
Punch and Judy
SS Empire Windrush
Holbein's portrait of Henry VIII
Cup of tea
FA Cup
Alice in Wonderland
Routemaster bus
King James Bible
Angel of the North
Spitfire
Jerusalem

Nelson's flagship HMS Victory, Constable's painting The Hay Wain, Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice, the Globe Theatre, the Sutton Hoo helmet and the Machin (Queen's head) stamp complete the list.

The first 12 icons were announced in January and included the Routemaster bus, Stonehenge and the cup of tea.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport commissioned the project to spark a debate about what cultural treasures best represent England.

The public can nominate their own choices of icon and vote for what should be included on the project's website.

A pub
The pub - an English icon, even if many of its beers may be foreign

Jerry Doyle, managing director of ICONS, said: "We are delighted with the response from the public.

"It has been overwhelming, with around a quarter of a million visits to the site, more than 5,000 suggested nominations and around 300,000 votes.

"Nominations have ranged from popular national treasures like Wallace and Grommit and Dr Who to controversial suggestions like fox hunting, where the debate rages on.

"ICONS offers a unique experience - a tantalising mix of things about life in England. Who else boasts eggy soldiers, the misplaced apostrophe and Shakespeare's plays in their collection?"

Celebrity nominations included fashion designer Mary Quant suggesting cottage pie, actress June Whitfield voting for the English sense of humour, ballerina Darcey Bussell with the Royal Opera House and comedian Eddie Izzard nominating the South Downs.




SEE ALSO:
In Pictures: New icons of England
27 Apr 06 |  In Pictures
Looking for England
17 Jan 06 |  Magazine
The making of icons
09 Jan 06 |  Magazine


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