Top 10 most iconic departures from UK revealed

The Beatles' first trip to America has been voted the most iconic departure from the UK over the last century.

The band left Heathrow for JFK with over 3,000 fans present to see them leave, before 5,000 people greeted them upon their arrival.

Bob Geldof's trip to Ethopia in 1984 which inspired the creation of Live Aid came second in the list released by Heathrow Airport.

David Attenborough's first journey to begin filming the wildlife documentary Life took third spot, followed by Princess Diana's journey to Luanda to call for an end to landmines in 1997.

1. The Beatles' first tour to America in 1964

2. Bob Geldof's visit to Ethiopia which inspired the creation of Live Aid in 1984

3. David Attenborough's first journey to begin filming for the wildlife documentary series, Life, in 1979

4. Princess Diana's journey to Luanda to call for an international ban on landmines in 1997

5. Concorde G-BOAD's record breaking Atlantic crossing in 1996, the journey from London to New York took 2 hours 52 minutes 59 seconds

6. The first wave of RAF aircrafts took flight in the Battle of Britain in July, 1940

7. Winston Churchill's journey in 1941 to meet Franklin D. Roosevelt in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland to discuss the US's role in WWII

8. Francis Crick's journey to America in 1953 following the discovery of DNA to focus his study on neuroscience and brain research

9. Tim Berners-Lee travels to CERN in 1980 to become a fellow, where he sees the opportunity to join hypertext with the Internet, creating the World Wide Web

10. Michael Caine travels to Turin, Italy to film the iconic car chase scenes from 'The Italian job' in 1969

The Beatles topped the list. Credit: Heathrow Airport
Bob Geldof's journey to Ethopia was shortlisted. Credit: Reuters
Princess Diana pictured during her trip to Luanda in 1997. Credit: PA Wire
Sir Michael Caine's trip to film The Italian Job came 10th. Credit: Reuters
Sir Winston Churchill. Credit: PA Wire

Heathrow worked closely with King's College history professor Dominic Sandbrook to shortlist the most famous departures before the public voted for their winners.

Mr Sandbrook said the public's choices reflected Britain's "historic strengths", adding: "Britain has always been a land of explorers and entertainers, inventors and innovators.

"I think the public's choices also reflect our historic strengths in everything from philanthropy and popular culture to science and technology. It's a valuable reminder that we're at our best when we face outwards, as a nation of international ambitions and global horizons."

Heathrow's Development Director John Holland-Kaye said the list of departures demonstrated "how important it is to have a world class hub directly connecting the UK to future international success".