Parky ‘greatest living treasure’

File photo dated 21/05/07 of Broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson who has today accepted a �25,000 donation to charity at London's High Court over a defamatory claim in the Daily Mail that he had lied about his family background. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday March 03, 2010. See PA story COURTS Parkinson. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
File photo dated 21/05/07 of Broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson who has today accepted a �25,000 donation to charity at London's High Court over a defamatory claim in the Daily Mail that he had lied about his family background. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday March 03, 2010. See PA story COURTS Parkinson. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
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BARNSLEY born Sir Michael Parkinson has been voted Yorkshire’s ‘greatest living national treasure’ - ahead of Sheffield’s Michael Palin and Jeremy Clarkson from Doncaster.

More than 4,000 people took part in a poll organised by Euro Millions which asked who might best represent the nation on a unique million pound note to be produced this Christmas.

A shortlist of national icons was compiled by a panel led by celebrity expert and ex magazine editor Mark Frith - himself a former pupil of Wales High School near Rotherham.

A EuroMillions spokesman said: “Sir Michael Parkinson rightfully holds a place in the nation’s hearts and is considered one of the greatest broadcasters of all time.”

Parky took nearly 18 per cent of the vote, Michael Palin polled 8.7 per cent and Jeremy Clarkson pulled in 7.23 per cent of voters. Judi Dench and Alan Bennett made up the top five.a