HOLMFIRTH artist Ashley Jackson has joined an illustrious line-up.
The renowned water-colourist is one of seven famous Yorkshire men and women to be inducted into the newly-created Yorkshire Icons Hall of Fame.
The list of notable Tykes was unveiled at a gala dinner at the Leeds head office of Yorkshire Bank.
Joining Ashley as the first Yorkshire Icons are chat show host and journalist Sir Michael Parkinson, Yorkshire cricketer Freddie Trueman, Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench, abolitionist William Wilberforce, supermarket tycoon Sir Ken Morrison and the late charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson.
The Hall of Fame has also been launched at www.yorkshire-icons.com , giving people an opportunity to nominate their own inspirational icons.
Glenn King, director of Yorkshire Bank, said the aim was to celebrate the very best of Yorkshire-grown talent in the worlds of politics, business, sport and entertainment.
He said: “With some 150 years successful growth in Yorkshire, we greatly value our talented people which made this such an fantastic event to be involved with.
“I look forward to seeing who the public nominates for future entrants to the ‘Hall of Fame’.”
Keith Madeley, chairman of The Yorkshire Society, said: “It is important that we recognise the breadth and depth of talent that Yorkshire has produced over the years.”