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Liverpool poll topped by Hillsborough families & campaigners, Bill Shankly in top four

The Liverpool Echo has published the results of its Greatest Merseysiders Of All Time survey, with the number one spot going to the Hillsborough families and campaigners.

John Lennon beat fellow Beatle Paul McCartney into second place, while George Harrison was placed 11th and Ringo Starr a lowly 24th.

Comedian Ken Dodd, who came top in 2003, was fourth this time with legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly fifth.

Late broadcaster John Peel, Liverpool stars Steven Gerrard and manager Kenny Dalglish, TV presenter Paul O’Grady and Nigel Blackwell made up the top 10, the latter the frontman for quirky Birkenhead band Half Man Half Biscuit.

Echo editor Alastair Machray said: “I would like to thank all those ECHO readers who took the time and trouble to vote online and by post – and congratulate our extremely deserving winners, the Hillsborough families and campaigners.

“The whole country has, in recent times, recognised the bravery, determination and dedication shown by these very special people – but here in Merseyside we have known all about their incredible qualities for a quarter of a century. And today, Merseyside once again salutes the families, survivors and all those who have campaigned tirelessly for the truth and justice.”

The full 2014 list is below:

1. The Hillsborough families and campaigners
 2. John Lennon
 3. Sir Paul McCartney
 4. Ken Dodd
 5. Bill Shankly
 6. John Peel
 7. Steven Gerrard
 8. Kenny Dalglish
 9. Paul O’Grady
 10. Nigel Blackwell
 11. George Harrison
 12. Bob Paisley
 13. Ricky Tomlinson
 14. Dixie Dean
 15. Billy Fury
 16. Stephen Yip
 17. Red Rum
 18. Jamie Carragher
 19. Alexei Sayle
 20. William Gladstone
 21. Bessie Braddock
 22. Tom Baker
 23. Noel Chavasse
 24. Ringo Starr
 25. Brian Epstein
 26. Ian McCulloch
 27. Jimmy McGovern
 28. John Bishop
 29. Gerry Marsden
 30. Sir John Moores
 31. Willy Russell
 32. Kenny Everett
 33. Captain Johnnie Walker
 34. Alan Bleasdale
 35. Kitty Wilkinson
 36. Julian Cope
 37. Bill Kenwright
 38. Father Francis O’Leary
 39. Leonard Rossiter
 40. David Sheppard
 41. Lord Leverhulme
 42. Robbie Fowler
 43. Billy Butler
 44. Pete Price
 45. Eleanor Rathbone
 46. Ian Rush
 47. Paul McGann
 48. Marina Dalglish
 49. Cilla Black
 50. Simon Weston
 51. Johnny Vegas
 52. Pauline Daniels
 53. Sue Johnston
 54. William Roscoe
 55. Phil Redmond
 56. The recently-retired Bishop James Jones
 57. Glenda Jackson
 58. Michelle Lewis
 59. Pete Wylie
 60. Arthur Askey
 61. Jack Jones
 62. Roger McGough
 63. Vincent Nicols, the Archbishop of Westminster and head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales
 64. William Rathbone
 65. Frank Hornby
 66. Roger Phillips
 67. Doctor (William Henry) Duncan
 68. Father James Nugent
 69. Howard Kendall
 70. Billy Liddell
 71. Frank Cottrell Boyce
 72. Les Dennis
 73. David Morrissey
 74. Harold Wilson
 75. John Conteh
 76. Beth Tweddle
 77. Sir Terry Leahy
 78. Melanie C
 79. Alison Steadman
 80. Kim Cattrall
 81. John Laird
 82. Frankie Vaughan
 83. Brian Jacques
 84. Wayne Rooney
 85. Margi Clarke
 86. Rebecca Ferguson
 87. Jeremiah Horrocks
 88. William Huskisson
 89. The recently-retired Archbishop Patrick Kelly
 90. Rex Harrison
 91. Liz McClarnon
 92. Bernard Hill
 93. Patricia Routledge
 94. Holly Johnson
 95. Lee Mavers
 96. Jean Alexander
 97. Katarina Johnson-Thompson
 98. Lord Alton
 99. Derek Worlock
 100. Margaret Simey

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