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Politicians lend their support to New Place project

Politicians showed their support for New Place on Tuesday
Politicians showed their support for New Place on Tuesday

Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi hosted a special event at Westminster yesterday (Tuesday) aimed at promoting the exciting work currently underway at New Place in Stratford.

A number of political big hitters including London Mayor Boris Johnson MP, secretary of state for culture and sport, John Wittingdale MP and Warwick and Leamington MP Chris White all attended.

Guests were given details about the project and the many ways in which they could get involved in supporting the work.

Mr Zahawi said: “I was so pleased that the event in Parliament for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust was a roaring success. It goes to show how committed everyone is both in Warwickshire and Parliament to supporting work in Stratford upon Avon to properly commemorate Shakespeare. It was great to see a number of colleagues attend and show support, including the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and I know everyone wants to support the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in providing the best possible experience for visitors.”

The re-imagining of Shakespeare’s New Place, a project costing more than £5 million, is being created with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England and through public donations, raised via a host of initiatives spearheaded by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

The work at New Place, where Shakespeare lived for the last 19 years of his life, is set to be completed in July when it will be opened to the public.

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