It's official: the pub is an icon of England

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The national icons were announced by ICONS - A Portrait of England, an online project set up in January inviting people from all over the globe to...

The national icons were announced by ICONS - A Portrait of England, an online project set up in January inviting people from all over the globe to vote online for the symbols which best represent England.

The pub has been listed in the second wave of national icons after the trade reacted with outrage in January when it was not included in the first list of 12 icons. Pub-goers who have voted for pubs to be included have included TV presenter Graham Norton.

Jerry Doyle, managing director of ICONS - a government-funded project - said: "We are delighted with the response from the public. It has been overwhelming, with around a quarter of a million visitors to the site, more than 5,000 suggested nominations and around 300,000 votes.

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

To nominate or vote for your favourite national treasure, visit ICONS' website at www.icons.org.uk.

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