Four of the recognisable figures our readers said deserve a statue in Portsmouth. Top row, Kenny Jackett and Fred Dinenage and, bottom row, fondly-remembered D-Day hero John Jenkins and the late Jimmy Dickinson MBE. Pictures: Joe Pepler/Malcolm Wells/Habibur Rahman/Getty Images

These are the 21 people Portsmouth needs statues of - according to our readers

PORTSMOUTH is a proud city with an incredible history.

By ron Melton
Wednesday, 21st October 2020, 4:29 pm

It’s got a statue of Charles Dickens that casts a watchful eye over Guildhall Square, marking the world-famous writer’s birth here in 1812.

A figure of Horatio Nelson stands in Grand Parade, commemorating the naval hero’s final walk to HMS Victory from Old Portsmouth in September, 1805.

And journey less than a mile from there into Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and you’ll find HMS Victory itself – just a stone’s throw from King Henry VIII’s real Mary Rose.

We recently took to Facebook to ask our readers who else they think should get their own statue in Portsmouth.

The discussion took off, and we now bring you their top 21 suggestions – from the rousing to the ridiculous.

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