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Best of England in Hall of Fame

An exhibition showcasing the best of England, from the Beatles to Bakewell pudding, will open on St George's Day.

People planning to see The Hall of Fame exhibition at Observation Point on London's Southbank should perhaps hurry - it is open for only a week, from April 23 until April 30.

VisitEngland asked the public to submit their suggestions for the ultimate hall of fame in February, and the tourist board received almost 1,000 suggestions via their app. Submissions for inclusion in the free. open-air exhibition included fictional character Harry Potter and One Direction's Harry Styles as well as Earl Grey tea and Scotch.

A panel of experts has awarded a bronze, silver and gold across six categories: history and heritage; the great, the good and the notorious; food and drink; inventions and discoveries; sport and leisure; and culture and entertainment.

The sandwich came out on top in the food and drink category while the incidental birth of modern rugby during a football game at Rugby School in Warwickshire was given gold in sport and leisure.

National Trust founder Octavia Hill was given gold in the great, the good and the notorious category, while Isambard Kingdom Brunel's engineering masterpieces in Bristol were given gold in the inventions and discoveries category.

The Beatles were awarded the top prize in culture and entertainment by experts while Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the world's oldest industrial complex, got gold in the history and heritage category.

The tourist board said it wanted to find out the best of what England has brought to the world and what makes the country such a diverse and fascinating place to visit and explore.

And it is not just experts who can have a say. The public has also been given a vote - and the results of the people's choice will be revealed on St George's Day itself.


From Belfast Telegraph