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

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Wednesday, 21st October 2020, 4:29 pm
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

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.

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Born in Portsmouth in 1981, former British soldier Ant Middleton has forged a second career as a TV personality through shows like SAS: Who Dares Wins. Some of you said he should have a statue in the city.

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.

A journalist and father of the Conservative MP for Gosport, Caroline Dinenage, Fred Dinenage is as respected as a broadcaster from these parts comes. Some of you suggested he should get his own Portsmouth-area statue.

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Some readers suggested Portsmouth-born television personality Amanda Holden should get her own statue.
Late footballer Jimmy Dickinson MBE died in 1982 but still holds the record number appearances for Pompey - a whopping 764. He wasn't booked in any of those, or his 48 games for England, thus earning him the nickname Gentleman Jim.
We know, it's not a person - but it is a device invented by Marc Isambard Brunel. Though unlike his brother he was born in France, Marc's unique 1800s pulley block-making machinery, like that above, helped boost manufacturing for the Royal Navy. 45 machines like this were installed in the dockyard and helped produce 130K blocks a year for rigging.
We're not quite sure why, but a few of you voted for US president Donald Trump. Here he is pictured in Southsea in 2019, for the D-Day 75 commemorations.
Pompey legend Alan Knight received votes from readers. The former goalkeeper played 683 league games for the Blues between 1978 and 2000 and has been a model representative for the club since. Picture: Sarah Standing (13225-3805)
Former Pompey forward Lomana LuaLua was a suggestion from some readers. His iconic backflip celebration was etched into the hearts of Blues fans during his time at Fratton Park between 2004 and 2007.
Late prime minister Sir Winston Churchill was also suggested by readers. He was the PM on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and oversaw the Allied attacks on German forces on the northern coast of France. Portsmouth played an important role in the landings.
Nelson the Pompey mascot scored a few votes. One reader suggested he should look 'majestically' over the city from Portsdown Hill. What a sight that would be.
Journalist, author and intellectual Christopher Hitchens, brother of Peter Hitchens, died aged 62 in Texas in 2011. But he was born in Portsmouth, and some readers suggested he should have a statue here.
Born in Portsea in 1854, Hertha Ayrton was a Suffragette, scientist, inventor and engineer. She was awarded the Hughes Medal in 1906 for her work on electric arcs and ripples in sand and water. There's also a blue plaque in her name in Queen Street, and the neighbouring Hertha Ayrton Way is named after her.
The late John Jenkins MBE needs little introduction. The 100-year-old was a D-Day veteran and famed Pompey fan, who earned the nation's applause in 2019 by addressing the Queen and other world leaders at the D-Day 75 commemorations in Southsea.
TV personality Kim Woodburn, known for her role in Channel 4's How Clean Is Your House?, comes from Portsmouth. Some readers said she deserves a statue here.
Legendary detective Sherlock Holmes was created in Southsea in 1887 by the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who worked as a GP in what's now a block of flats in Elm Grove. His Portsmouth legacy was deemed sufficient by those who'd like to see him remembered here in statue form.
Portsmouth-born John Pounds was a teacher credited with the creation of Ragged schools, which offered free education to poor children in 19th century Britain. He's the name behind the John Pounds Memorial Church, pictured, and the John Pounds Centre, which are both in Portsmouth.
Ex-Pompey defender and Fratton Park Hall of Fame inductee Linvoy Primus played with the Blues between 2000 and 2009. As well as his talent on the pitch, he's known by many locals for his outstanding service to the club. Many said he deserved a statue.
Late Portsmouth-born actor Peter Sellers received many votes. He was born in the flat above the Mayfair Chinese takeaway in Castle Road, Southsea, and played Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series, among other famous roles.
Born in Portsmouth in 1806, Isambard Kingdom Brunel is known as one of engineering's most prolific figures. He built dockyards, the Great Western Railway, steamships and important bridges and tunnels - including the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. Pictured is a statue of him at Paddington Station, London, which he designed most of.
Into the top 2 suggestions now and claiming the runner-up spot is Pompey's manager, Kenny Jackett. Dozens of readers, perhaps in jest at the time of asking, suggested he should be immortalised in stone so the city never forgets his Fratton Park legacy to date.
Of all the suggestions made by readers, bookseller and Pompey fanatic John Westwood topped the list. He's the person most of our readers said should have his own statue in the city. Where would you put it?