A new app has been launched by tourism bosses to find England’s ultimate Hall of Fame.
VisitEngland, the national tourist board, is behind the initiative and Northumberland locals and visitors alike are being invited to nominate their favourites.
Launched on February 9, the app asks the public to submit their hometown or favourite holiday spot’s greatest claim to fame in the following categories: The Great, The Good and the Notorious; Inventions and Discoveries; Food and Drink; History and Heritage; Culture and Entertainment and Sport and Leisure.
Lady Cobham, VisitEngland’s chairman, said: “We hope the Hall of Fame app will inspire people to explore the brilliant, fascinating and unusual destinations on our doorstep, as well as unearthing some interesting English trivia at the same time.”
Jude Leitch, the general manager of Northumberland Tourism, said: “We are very excited about the VisitEngland Hall of Fame, as many of Northumberland’s highlights are less well-known, so it gives us a real opportunity to showcase our claims to fame.
“Northumberland is home to a herd of cattle rarer than giant pandas, inspired the creation of Earl Grey Tea, has the first building in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity and is home to a favourite of the Queen, the Craster Kipper – we are spoilt for choice and are looking forward to seeing the public’s nominations.”
Anyone who nominates or later votes will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a weekend break away. The deadline for entries is March 23, 2014. A shortlist will then be open to public vote to establish the final Hall of Fame, which will be announced on April 23, St George’s Day.
The app will be available at the Hall of Fame website and on VisitEngland’s Facebook page.