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Two Portsmouth destinations make the shortlist in England's Hall of Fame

Portsmouth Dockyard and Conan Doyle could feature in landmark exhibition to mark St George’s Day 

VisitEngland’s Hall of Fame app re-opens during English Tourism Week for The People’s Choice vote.  Portsmouth Dockyard and Conan Doyle have been shortlisted from almost 1,000 claims to fame in the national tourist board’s Hall of Fame campaign.

The search to establish England’s Hall of Fame began in February when VisitEngland asked the public to submit their suggestions on what England has brought to the world and what makes the country such a diverse and fascinating place to visit and explore.

From Harry Potter to James Bond, the mini skirt to the tuxedo, The Beatles to punk music and the Magna Carta to the World Wide Web, the Hall of Fame app has received almost 1,000 submissions.

Jane Singh, visitor services and development manager at Portsmouth City Council said: "It's great that Portsmouth has two claims to fame in the top 60, we now need people to vote so that we get into the final three for each category. This Visit England initiative is a great way to promote the city and a great benefit to the local visitor economy."

The public submitted their hometown or favourite holiday spot’s greatest claim to fame under the following categories: The Great, The Good and the Notorious; Inventions & Discoveries; Food & Drink; History & Heritage; Culture & Entertainment and Sport & Leisure.

A panel of experts have spent weeks trawling through these claims to fame to select the top 60 (10 per category) in time for English Tourism Week (29th March – 6th April). Now the Hall of Fame app is set to re-open on 2nd April asking the public to vote for England’s ultimate claim to fame.

The top 60 claims can be viewed online on the englandshallsofame website, the public have until 13th April to vote for their favourite. The People’s Choice will go on display, alongside 18 of the best claims to fame (a bronze, silver and gold per category) in a one-off exhibition on London’s Southbank.

Launching on St George’s Day (23rd April) and running until 30th April, VisitEngland’s Hall of Fame exhibition at the Southbank’s Observation Point will celebrate what England has brought to the world and what makes the country such a diverse and fascinating place to visit and explore.

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