WHEN Suffolk residents were asked to identify their icons of the county, most people expected traditional favourites such as the Suffolk Punch, the Heritage Coast and Adnams and Greene King beers to feature prominently.

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Dani with Cradle of Filth

As expected, all of these have been put forward to the Suffolk Icons website, but also in the current top 10 is an extremely unlikely icon – the self-styled “crypt-crawling” frontman of “death metal” rock band, Cradle of Filth.

According to Suffolk folk, the one-time Hadleigh-based rocker Mr Dani Filth is a true icon of the county.

He has been put forward as one of the most iconic things about Suffolk and has been backed by nearly 200 visitors to the website.

The 37-year-old star is in the top 10 on the site, alongside a pint of Southwold-brewed Adnams ale, a mighty Suffolk Punch horse, the coastline’s famous beach huts and the idyllic Dunwich Heath.

The site was set-up by Choose Suffolk, a partnership aimed at putting the county “on the map”, and tourism manager Alex Paul said that the submission of Dani as an “icon” showed that there was more to Suffolk than just the traditional beauty spots.

He said: “The website has produced a great range of images and features of Suffolk. It’s a creative tool. We didn’t know what to expect because nothing like this has ever been done before.

“What’s great is it’s not just the obvious ones, there are unusual ones that are just as valid. There’s no right or wrong here, although we are going to pull a few out.

“It’s about everyone’s voices being heard. It’s not about going for the obvious and people feel that Dani Filth is an icon and is as important to people as a pint of Adnams.”

Cradle of Filth have consistently been one of the biggest-selling and most successful British heavy metal bands since releasing breakthrough album Dusk... and Her Embrace in 1996.

The feedback people submit to the website will eventually be used to help Choose Suffolk to work with journalists expected to come to England during the 2012 Olympic Games.

By helping to provide details about some of Suffolk’s iconic places and people, Mr Paul said he hoped to attract journalists to the county during the games and offer them story ideas to complement the sporting coverage.

He said: “About 40,000 journalists are expected to come over for the games and we are hoping that a proportion of those will be coming to enjoy Suffolk.

“This will give us stories and other ideas to give to journalists and help put Suffolk on the map in places that we want more people to visit us from.”

For more information about Choose Suffolk visit www.choosesuffolk.co.uk and to find out more about the Suffolk Icons project, visit www.suffolkicons.co.uk

20 comments

  • He should win! I think he deserves it.

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    Hepsperos Lucifera

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

  • My Vote is for Dani Filth to be the Suffolk Icon!

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    saraisdead

    Monday, September 13, 2010

  • Good luck to Dani ! However he does not need saving, Broomhill Pool and the Suffolk Punch do. I hope the great man himself would back our campaigns too.

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    Mark Ling

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

  • I couldn't agree more with Amanda. Even though I'm from the U.S.; Dani & the whole crew is loved very much here! Hopefully he gets enough votes bc he has truly earned it. You continue to amaze more & more! Thank You Cradle of Filth!

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    dmfbutterfly

    Monday, September 13, 2010

  • Dani's got to win this thing. He's awesome and he really deserves this. :D

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    PeanutSlayer

    Thursday, September 16, 2010

  • dani is the man!!! he deserves to become the suffolk icon... he has earned his crown among the metal kings and now it is about time he earns some respect from society..he deserves it after all!!!! hails from greece!!!\m

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    Mr.Hell

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

  • Dani Filth obviously deserves this. He has been my #1 inspiration since i was about 10. No other artist would i rather have the pleasure of voting for.

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    Flezh-V1ruz

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

  • I'm from America and have always loved visiting Newcastle and London. One of my wishes is to visit Suffolk and this is because of Cradle of Filth and Dani Filth. The band is very much influenced by their surroundings (the Suffolk countryside) and it permeates into their music. I feel that Dani Filth has brought much glory to Suffolk and because of this I hope to visit there one day. Cheers!

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    Smang

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

  • It would have been nice to see Elliot Furniss recognising the top icon on the Suffolk Icon website too; Choose Suffolk has been advertising the Icon website a great deal, but appears to be studiously avoiding the fact that Broomhill Pool has had over 900 views now. This fact particularly ties in with the Olympics, so I hope that some of the predicted 40,000 journalists will already be researching these kind of sites and asking why an Olympic-sized pool has been needlessly neglected.

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    Sally Wainman

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

  • Dani clearly deserves this, I too believe. Him and his band have been known since 1994 and earlier here in the U.S. and no telling how long in Suffolk. Nobody really knew much about Suffolk, with an exception for the great beer, until the frontman made such impact with the sounds of vampiria. Then, a whole new world of thought, music, and literature opened for us here in the states. Achieving global loyalty and inspiration puts Dani in the number one spot for me and about 12,000 others in my area. This message is from a fan in Kentucky speaking for around 12,000 people.

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    Gravelight

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

  • The greatest artist England has ever seen! Dani Filth all the way!

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    Dr.Satanas

    Monday, September 13, 2010

  • Dani Filth is a modern day Shakespeare, he is the biggest artist to come out of Suffolk in a long time and it is about time he was given some recognition for this by the people of Suffolk, just because the music may not be everyone's kettle of fish doesn't take away from what he Cradle Of Filth have achieved.

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    amanda

    Monday, September 13, 2010

  • There is no one word created to be able to describe the magnitude of work that Dani and his band mates, past and present, have done. But if I must chose one it would be extraordinary!

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    Blacky

    Saturday, September 18, 2010

  • Dani Filth all the way. He's an inspiration to us all. He's so much more than a heavy metal singer! He's an artist of the highest caliber.

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    BloodLust

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

  • Im agree with the idea of that Dani is an icon he has a unique way of express, and his art is realy beatyfull, so. HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mariel

    Monday, September 13, 2010

  • Vote Dani <333333333333

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    Tayla

    Monday, September 13, 2010

  • +1 for Dani and all the Filths as Suffolk Icons, without whom I would not have been able to run a professional recording studio in Suffolk. I probably would have had to go back to work in London. YUK!

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    Mark Harwood

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

  • Without a doubt, Dani Filth deserves to win, he's amazing a true inspiration for anyone, i absolutely love him!

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    MrsFilth

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

  • Bulgaria also loves Dani and voted in support.

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    Siyana Pencheva

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

  • I'm not a resident of Suffolk, but when i hear about it ,think or read something about it, the first thought that comes to my mind is "Dani Filth, Cradle of Filth" for me he'll always be my Idol, for he & Cradle of Filth have inspired me, and i'm very gratful for that.

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    PsYchoMurder

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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