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Shrewsbury Town Crier Shortlisted for Tourism Superstar 2014 (20th January 2014)

Shrewsbury Town Crier Shortlisted for Tourism Superstar 2014

Martin Wood, Shrewsbury's larger than life town crier, has been shortlisted by VisitEngland this weekend (18/01/14), as they announce their nationwide search to crown England's Tourism Superstar 2014.

The tourism accolade was launched 2 years ago as part of English Tourism Week (this year running 29 March – 6 April).  The award recognises the dedication and passion of those working in the tourism industry, and is awarded to an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure visitors to England have a priceless experience. 

Simon McCloy, Chief Executive of Shropshire Tourism, who nominated Martin for the accolade said “To say Martin is a larger than life character is absolutely true – standing at a mere 7ft2in he is the world’s tallest town crier.  He has represented Shrewsbury for over 27 years and provides a unique and personal guided tour service to visitors from all over the world.  Acting as Hagrid’s body double in the Harry Potter films, it’s not surprising that Martin is a big hit with the many school groups he entertains throughout the year.

Everyone at Shropshire Tourism is delighted that Martin has been shortlisted for Tourism Superstar 2014 and we would encourage everyone in the county to really get behind him and show their support.”

Chairman of English Tourism Week David Curtis-Brignell said: “Tourism Superstar 2014 serves to highlight the passion and dedication that abounds in the tourism industry.  This award recognises the people on the front-line who meet and greet visitors on a daily basis, and whose unfailing hard work and creativity ensures that visitors to England have an unforgettably wonderful experience.”

VisitEngland has teamed up with national newspaper, The Daily Mirror to host an online public vote to crown the winner.  From 1 March, a short film of all nominees will be found on where readers can vote for their favourite. 

The winner will be announced on March 29, the first day of English Tourism Week and will be invited to attend VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence held in May this year where their Award will be presented to them in person.

Commenting on being shortlisted, Martin said, “To say I'm chuffed is a bit of an understatement! How can a seven footer be short listed?!”

The shortlist includes nine other representatives from across England: Dickon Allen, Montacute House National Trust in Somerset; Buzby Allen, Potters Resort in Norfolk; Ade Andrews, The Robin Hood Town Tour in Nottingham; John Consterdine, Manchester Taxi Tour in Manchester; Rob Dean, Where the Wall in Bristol; Sandy Griffiths, VisitBlackpool Tourism Information Centre; Fraser Hicks, Captain of the Sea King, Isles of Scilly; John and Helen Hogg, Stratford Town Walk in Stratford-upon-Avon; and Walter Stewart-Brown, Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park in The Oxfordshire Cotswolds.