artist Sir Peter Blake has unveiled a new collage celebrating the
City of Liverpool's cultural icons. The new work is based on his
famous 1967 cover for the Beatles 'Sgt Pepper' album, one of the
defining images of the 1960's.
The new collage surrounds the Beatles with famous Merseysiders including
Atomic Kitten, Alan Bleasdale, Ken Dodd, Pete Burns, Ricky Tomlinson
and John Peel.
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Radio Merseyside's Angela Heslop speaks to Sir Peter Blake
Full list of icons.
1934 - Present
Having spent six years as a monk, he began acting as a hobby when
he joined the Merchant Navy. Best known as the fourth scarf wearing
eccentric Doctor Who whom he played for seven years, he has continued
working in television and radio, most notably in "Blackadder"
and "Randall and Hopkins (deceased)".
- Lord David Sheppard, Sportsman/Ex- Bishop
1929 - Present
David Sheppard represented England at cricket 22 times over a period
of 13 years, a bizarre career affected by his clerical commitments.
He is best known as the left leaning Anglican Bishop of Liverpool
who became an eloquent critic of Margaret Thatcher. In his twenty
two years in the role he was a firm friend and ally of Catholic
Archbishop Derek Worlock.
Derek Worlock, Ex-Archbishop (d)
1920 - 1996
Former Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool who together with his Anglican
counterpart Bishop David Shepherd worked tirelessly to bring the
City's Catholic and Protestant communities together. Much admired
and loved for his work with the disadvantaged he famously stood
side by side with the people of Toxteth during the social disturbances
of the 1980's.
Glenda Jackson, Actor/ Politician
1936 - Present
Born in Birkenhead, Glenda graduated from RADA and was a successful
stage actress before becoming a double Oscar winner for her films
"Women in Love" and "A Touch of Class". She
then turned her attention to politics where she has been Labour
MP for Hampstead and Highgate since 1992.
Brian Patten, Poet
1946 - Present
Brian made his name as one of the Liverpool poets in the 1960's
and is now recognised as one of Europe's leading contemporary poets.
In 2002 Brian Patten was awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool,
alongside Roger McGough and the late Adrian Henri.
Lily Savage, Entertainer
1955 - Present
Paul O'Grady was born in Birkenhead started his adult life as a
social worker before beginning his rise to fame 15 years ago on
London's comedy circuit. It is as Lily Savage, the caustic talking,
spandex wearing, poodle permed female character that he is better
-Beryl Bainbridge, Writer
1933 - Present
Born and raised in Liverpool she became a Dame in 2000. Despite
being expelled from school for writing rude limericks she has gone
on to five Booker Prize nominations. Adept in many genres, her works
include novels based on her Liverpudlian childhood, travel books
and historical fiction such as "Every Man for Himself"
and "The Birthday Boys".
- Rex Harrison, Actor (d)
1908 - 1990
Reginald Carey Harrison made his name on both stage and screen.
His stage debut was in 1924 at the Liverpool Rep in "Thirty
Minutes in a Street", his film debut following in 1930 in "The
Great Game". However it is as Professor Higgins in "My
Fair Lady" that he is best known, starring in Broadway (1956-8)
and in George Cukor's film adaptation for which he won an Oscar.
- Jean Alexander, Actor
1926 - Present
Jean Alexander is best known as "Coronation Streets" dangling
fag, pinny wearing Hilda Ogden, a character she played from 1964
- 1987. She won Royal Television Society's Best performance award
in 1984 - 85. She has also appeared as Christine Keeler's mother
in "Scandal" and as Auntie Wainwright in "Last of
the Summer Wine".
- Willy Russell, Playwright
1947 - Present
Russell originally left school to become a hairdresser before returning
to education to teach. He has written a string of popular, award
winning plays and musicals including "Blood Brothers",
"Shirley Valentine" and "Educating Rita".
-Wayne Rooney, Footballer
1985 - Present
Rooney made his debut for Everton Football Club on the 17th August
2002. At 16 years & 361 days he was also the youngest player
(at the time) to score in the English Premiership against Arsenal
in 19th October 2002 and in the same season the youngest ever England
International. He was voted BBC Young Sports Review Personality
of the Year in 2002.
- Michael Owen, Footballer
1979 - Present
The Youngest player to play for his country for a century, and was
honoured as the BBC Sports Personality of The Year Award in 1998
following his sensational goal against Argentina in the 1998 World
Cup. His current record stands at 259 games for Liverpool scoring
140 goals, with 47 games for England and 20 goals.
- Bill Shankly, Footballer (d)
1913 - 1981
Having played for Carlisle, Preston and Scotland during the 1930's
it is as manager of Liverpool Football Club that Shankly is best
remembered. Taking control of a Liverpool side set firmly in the
second division in 1959 he managed their rise to the very top of
the English game. "Football is not a matter of life and death,
it's more important than that."
Fiona Banner, Artist
1966 - Present
Artist One of the new generation of Liverpool creatives, Fiona Banner
was short-listed for the Turner Prize in 2002. Her work is typically
challenging and provocative, investigating the seemingly limitless
possibilities of language, and using pornographic film to explore
- Halle Berry, Actor
1968 - Present
Bond-girl, film icon and daughter of a Liverpudlian mother, she
was the first African American to represent the USA in the Miss
World Competition and the first African American to win a Best Actress
Oscar in 2002 for her role in "Monsters Ball".
- Cherie Blair, QC
1954 - Present
Brought up in Liverpool, Cherie Blair is the daughter of the actor
Tony Booth and wife of Prime Minister Tony Blair. Professionally
she is known as Cherie Booth QC, specialising in employment, education,
public, European and human rights law.
- Chris Boardman, Cyclist
1968 - Present
Born on the Wirral, Boardman accumulated numerous national titles
before bursting on the international scene when he won a gold medal
at 1992 Olympics in Barcelona in the 4000m pursuit. He broke cycling's
World Hour Record in 2000 with a distance of 56.375 km.
18 -21, The Beatles
- Elvis Costello, Musician
1954 - Present
Born Declan Patrick McManus, Elvis Costello grew up in Liverpool.
He began his recording career in 1976, a self taught song writer
he has produced twenty eight albums over two decades. He also won
a Grammy award for "Painted From Memory" his collaboration
with Burt Bacharach.
- Billy Fury, Pop Star (d)
1940 - 1983
Born Ronald Wycherley in Dingle. An impromptu audition in a Birkenhead
dressing room resulted in the creation of Billy Fury. Fury had 18
Top 30 Hits including "Maybe Tomorrow" and "Halfway
to Paradise". Still regarded as one of the finest rock n roll
singers Britain has ever produced.
- John Peel, Broadcaster
1939 - Present
John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, better known to all as John Peel
recently celebrated 40 years of radio airtime. Following his National
Service John went to America to take advantage of Beatlemania and
his Liverpool connections before returning to work at Radio 1 in
1967. He was the first DJ to air punk, reggae and hip hop and can
still be found on Radio 1.
-Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, Architect (d)
1880 - 1960
Scott changed Liverpool's skyline when he won the "Design for
a Twentieth Cathedral" and with it the right to design Liverpool's
Anglican Cathedral, as a Roman Catholic. He was knighted in 1924
after the consecration of the first portion of the Cathedral. He
also designed the Red Telephone Box, the Battersea Power Station
and Bankside Power Station better know today as Tate Modern.
-Arthur Askey, Entertainer (d)
1900 - 1982
The diminutive British comedian, actor and singer with a treasure
chest full of catch phrases never quite lost his Liverpool accent
and became one of Britain's all-time "comedy giants."
27 - George Melly, Jazz Musician / Writer
1926 - Present
Involved in the UK jazz scene of the late 1940's and 50's Melly
sang with Mike Mulligan's band before becoming one of the UK's most
ubiquitous critics and writers and a popular TV personality. He
returned to music in the 1970's to perform with John Chilton's band,
his repertoire encompassing early blues and 1920 and 30's vaudeville.
- William Gladstone, EX PM (d)
1809 - 1898
William Ewart Gladstone was born in Liverpool and gained a first
class degree in Mathematics and Classics from Oxford University.
Famous as Disraeli's rival and one of Liverpool's many great social
reformers, he was in public office from 1832 until 1895 with only
one year of absence in 1845, and had four terms as Prime Minister.
- Jimmy Tarbuck, Comedian
1940 - Present
The son of a bookmaker, Jimmy got his big break at the age of 22
while working as a Butlin's Redcoat. Since then he has gone on to
be one of the countries best known and loved entertainers. Almost
as well known for his golf and charity work as his comedy, Jimmy
was awarded the OBE in 1994
-Levi Tafari, Poet
1960 - Present
One of the country's "most articulate and respected Rastafarian
artists" his interest in poetry began when he attended the
Liverpool 8 Writers Workshop in the late seventies. His poetry is
continues to reflect his feelings for Toxteth, Liverpool and Rastafarianism
- Kenn Dodd, Entertainer
1927 - Present
Born in Knotty Ash, Ken Dodd started his career as a ventriloquist
but found fame through his exaggerated on stage persona, the manic
hairstyle, the protruding teeth and of course his trademark tickling
stick. In 1991 he won the British Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement
Award and was recently voted the Greatest Merseysider in a recent
-Adrian Henri, Poet/Artist (d)
1932 - 2000
Played a major role in the Liverpool literary scene in the 1960's
and was a member of the Liverpool poets featured in "Mersey
Sound". His canvasses were painted with the same immediacy
and pop imagery as his verse, a winner of the John Moores' Prize
in 1992. His work has become part of a permanent collection in the
Walker Art Gallery.
- Mel Chisholm, Pop Star
1974 - Present
Melanie Chisholm gained worldwide fame as "Sporty Spice"
Mel C as a member of "girl power" group the Spice Girls
amassing record sales of £40 million plus. As the strongest
vocalist of the group she is now concentrating on her solo work
- a true "Northern Star."
- Lord David Sheppard, (see above biog)
- Craig Charles, Actor/DJ
1964 - Present
Charles won a Guardian newspaper poetry prize at the age of 12 (the
runner up was 33 years old!) and continued his interests in music
and poetry as a warm up act for bands in Liverpool clubs. A versatile
TV performer and presenter is best known for his role as David Lister
in the sci-fi comedy "Red Dwarf".
- Alan Ginsberg, Writer (d)
1926 - 1997
Prophet of the Beat generation, American poet Ginsberg made a famous
"pilgrimage" to Liverpool in the 1960's proclaiming the
City to be "the centre of consciousness for the entire human
- Phil Redmond, TV Producer
1949 - Present
Phil Redmond began his career as a television script writer contributing
to TV shows such as "Z Cars" before establishing himself
with the hit kids programme "Grange Hill". He founded
Mersey TV, Britain's largest independent TV company which produces
"Brookside" and created "Hollyoaks".
- Kim Cattrall, Actor
1956 - Present
Kim Cattrall was born in Liverpool but brought up in Vancouver Island,
Canada. The Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress work has spanned
film, stage and television yet it is her role as Samantha Jones
in the hit series Sex and the City.
-Paul Farley, Poet
1963 - Present
Continuing Liverpool's great literary and poetic tradition, Paul
Farley's first collection "The Boy from the Chemist is Here
to See You" won the Somerset Maugham Award. His latest collection,
"The Ice Age" was a Poetry Book Society Choice for the
summer of 2002, was short-listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize and won
the Whitbread Poetry Prize in 2003.
- Dixie Dean, Footballer (d)
1907 - 1980
Born in Birkenhead, Dixie made his foot-balling name on Merseyside.
He began his career at Tranmere Rovers, scoring 27 goals in 27 games
before moving to his beloved Everton Football Club. In his first
season (1927-1928) at the age of 21 he scored a still record 60
goals. He remained at Everton for 13 years scoring 349 goals in
399 league matches. A scoring feat that will never be matched.
- Johnny Vegas, Entertainer
1970 - Present
Born Michael Pennington in St Helens, Merseyside. The surreal comic
won the Festival Critics Award in 1997 at the Edinburgh Festival,
and was the first newcomer to be nominated for the Perrier Award.
He has appeared on The "Big Breakfast", "Shooting
Stars" and the ill fated but infamous ITV Digital commercials
- Ian McCulloch, Musician
1959 - Present
McCulloch is best known as the front man for the 80's psychedelic
post punkers Echo & The Bunnymen. The group had a string of
UK hit albums, including their classic 1980 debut "Crocodiles."
McCulloch left the band in 1988 to forge a brief solo career but
the band were eventually reunited in 1996..
- Pete Burns, Musician
1959 - Present
Peter Jozzeppi Burns was born in Port Sunlight. The icon of androgyny
formed his first band Mystery Girls in 1977, but shot to national
and international fame with the formation of Dead or Alive in 1980.
In November 1984 they had their first number one and most successful
track "You Spin Me Round."
- Anne Robinson, TV Presenter
1944 - Present
Born in Crosby, in 1967 Anne became the first female reporter at
The Daily Mail, eventually becoming assistant editor of The Daily
Mirror. Moving into television she appeared on "A Points of
View" and "Watchdog", before becoming an international
celebrity as the acerbic host of the quiz show "The Weakest
- Leonard Rossiter, Actor (d)
1926 - 1984
Leonard Rossiter was one of Britain's leading character actors.
Unable to afford university he worked as an insurance clerk till
the age of 27. He will famously be remembered for his role as Rigsby
in "Rising Damp", the title role in "The Fall &
Rise of Reginald Perrin" and his comic Cinzano commercials
alongside Joan Collins.
- Alex Cox, Film Director
1954 - Present
Despite originally intending to pursue a career in law, Cox has
made his name as a film producer. The cult director's credits include
"Repo Man" and "Sid and Nancy". Most recently
he has directed "Revengers Tragedy" based in Liverpool,
starring Eddie Izzard, Derek Jacobi and Christopher Eccleston.
- Roger McGough, Poet
1937 - Present
Roger McGough OBE is an award winning poet, playwright, broadcaster
and children's author. He was a member of the pop music / poetry
group "The Scaffold" and made his name as one of the "Liverpool
Poets" in "The Mersey Sound". Twice winner of the
Signal Poetry Award, he won a BAFTA for "Kurt, Mungo, BP and
Me" and a Royal Television Society Award
- Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor
1955 - Present
Born in Liverpool, Simon Rattle assembled his first professional
orchestra at the age of 15 and just four years later won the John
Player International Conducting Competition. Appointed principal
conductor to the City of Birmingham's Symphony Orchestra in 1980
he is the first British conductor to hold the post of Music Director
of the Berliner Philarmoniker
- Alan Bleasdale, Playwright
1946 - Present
One of Britain's most successful and influential writers working
today, to date he has produced 2 novels, a feature film, numerous
short stories, eleven stage plays, six television plays and four
television series. "Boys from the Blackstuff" broadcast
by the BBC in 1980 remains one of the seminal moments in the history
of British broadcasting.
- John Conteh,Boxer
1951 - Present
As an amateur boxer Conteh notched up 3 Commonwealth Gold medals
followed by ABA titles at both middleweight and light heavyweight.
He fulfilled his amateur promise, becoming Britain's first black
World Crown Holder in 1973 after defeating Jorge Ahumada of Argentina.
- Red Rum, Race Horse (d)
1967 - 1985
The only non-human ever to be replicated in Madame Tussauds. Red
Rum was trained on the Southport sands by Ginger McCain. He won
the worlds most famous and difficult steeplechase, the Grand National
in 1973, 1974 and 1977 and was runner up in 1975 and 1976, a record
which is unlikely to be emulated. He is buried at the winning post
53,54 - Atomic Kitten, Pop Stars
1999 - Present
As Atomic Kitten Liverpool band Natasha Hamilton, Liz McClarnon
and Jenny Frost are household names in pop music. They have had
three number one hits with "Whole Again", "Eternal
Flame" and "The Tide Is High (Get The Feeling)" and
two chart topping albums, "Right Now" and "Feels
- John Parrot, Snooker Player
1964 - Present
John Parrott became a professional snooker player winning nine major
tournaments in his career, and is one of only 6 players to hold
the Embassy World Championship and UK titles simultaneously. Player,
pundit, presenter and personality, Parrot is snookers's antidote
to Steve "Interesting" Davies.
- Ricky Tomlinson, Actor
1939 - Present
Originally a plasterer Ricky was imprisoned for conspiracy for his
role in the Builders Strike. In 1975 he set himself up as a stage
agent but his life was transformed when he was offered a minor part
in Alan Bleasdale's "Boys from the Blackstuff". His role
as Bobby Grant in "Brookside" followed before becoming
a national treasure in the hit series "The Royle Family".
- Cilla Black, Entertainer
1943 - Present
Born Priscilla White, she was discovered by Brian Epstein while
a cloakroom attendant at the 'Cavern' in 1963. Her striking version
of Burt Bacharach's "Anyone Who Had a Heart", become the
biggest selling single by a female British artist. Her popularity
continues today with a highly successful TV career, with shows such
as Surprise, Surprise and of course Blind Date.
- Harold Wilson, EX PM (d)
1916 - 1995
Educated at Wirral Grammar School, he was first elected as an MP
for Ormskirk in 1945 and later represented Huyton. Harold Wilson
won four general elections as Labour leader and is the party's longest
serving Prime Minister.
- Mike Myers, Actor
1963 - Present
The son of a Liverpool salesman, Mike Myers most famous role of
Austin Powers was based loosely on his father. He began his rise
to stardom in 1988 with a slot on Saturday Night Live, using one
of his characters as the basis of the smash hit film "Wayne's
World". The second generation Scouser is a fanatical follower
of Liverpool FC.
- Cathy Tyson, Actor
1965 - Present
Raised in Liverpool, Cathy Tyson dropped out of college at 17 to
pursue acting at Liverpool's Everyman theatre before winning admission
to the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1984. Her film debut was as
an elegant call girl in "Mona Lisa". Has gone on to star
in "Business as Usual", "The Serpent and the Rainbow"
and "Band of Gold".
- Holly Johnson, Musician
1960 - Present
Born William Johnson, Holly played bass with Big in Japan and was
a solo artist before joining Frankie Goes to Hollywood as lead singer
enjoying massive hits with "Relax", "Two Tribes"
and "The Power of Love". Holly left the group in 1987
and two years later released the number one album "Blast".
He revealed he had AIDS in 1993, penning his autobiography "A
Bone in My Flute" a year later. .
- Karl Gustav Jung, Psychologist (d)
1875 - 1961
fame is second only to Sigmund Freud's in the brief history of human
psychoanalysis. The founder of 'analytical psychology' and the concept
of the 'collective unconscious', Jung also claimed his most significant
dream contained the revelation that "Liverpool was the pool
of life, the very centre of the life force itself".