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Peter Blake's Liverpool collage
The Beatles famous 'Sgt Pepper' album cover has been reworked by original artist Sir Peter Blake to pay homage to Liverpool.
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Pop 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.

Click here to see the full collage

Click here to see the key

audio BBC Radio Merseyside's Angela Heslop speaks to Sir Peter Blake

Full list of icons.

1-Tom Baker, Actor
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)".

2 - 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.

3- 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.

4- 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.

5- 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.

6- 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 known

7 -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".

8 - 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.

9 - 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".

10 - 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".

11 -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.

12 - 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.

13 - 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."

14- 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 sexuality.

15 - 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".

16 - 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.

17 - 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

22 - 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.

23 - 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.

24 - 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.

25 -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.

26 -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.

28 - 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.

29 - 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

30 -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

31 - 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 BBC poll.

32 -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.

33 - 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."

34 - Lord David Sheppard, (see above biog)

35 - 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".

36 - 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 universe".

37 - 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".

38 - 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.

39 -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.

40 - 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.

41 - 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 alongside Monkey.

42 - 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..

43 - 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."

44 - 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 Link".

45 - 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.

46 - 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.

47 - 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

48 - 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

49 - 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.

50 - 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.

51 - 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 at Aintree.

52, 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 So Good".

55 - 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.

56 - 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".

57 - 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.

58 - 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.

59 - 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.

60 - 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".

61 - 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. .

62 - Karl Gustav Jung, Psychologist (d)
1875 - 1961

Jung's 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".

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