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Stratford-upon-Avon: best place for online business

Hall's Croft in Stratford-upon-Avon, 17th Century home of William Shakespeare's eldest daughter Credit: PA

William Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon has topped a table of towns and cities embracing online business.

Companies in Stratford are the best at using the internet to attract customers and orders, according to research commissioned by Google.

The town has been named as the internet giant's eTown Award winner, following research into 1,300 towns and cities across the UK.

Rare Shakespeare portrait to go on display today

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The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will today open a new exhibition featuring unique and priceless treasures from its collection – many of them on public display for the first time.

The only portrait of Shakespeare thought to have been painted from life will be the main feature. It was bought by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in 2010.

Other rare items on display for the first time include the only surviving letter written to Shakespeare and a map of 'Shakespeare's county' of Warwickshire in 1576.

Proposals submitted to The Queen for 'Shakespeare Day', full report

Campaigners in Stratford-upon-Avon have submitted proposals to The Queen to create a 'Shakespeare Day'.

The annual celebration would be similar to Burns Night in Scotland.

23rd April is St George's Day, but campaigners also want this day to be Shakespeare's Day, as this was the birthday of William Shakespeare.

Andy Bevan has the story.

National Shakespeare Day gains royal momentum

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare Credit: PA

Shakespeare enthusiasts have written to the Queen in hope of support for a national day of celebration in the playwright's name.

A team at the Tudor Museum in Stratford-upon-Avon is calling for a Shakespeare Supper Night to rival Scotland's Burns Night. It would be held on April 23rd – the date of his birth and death.

The team received a response from the Queen, telling them that she would forward the proposal to Maria Miller – the Culture Secretary.

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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust opposed to new homes near heritage site

Bloor Homes want to buy land near to Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Shottery to build new homes.

The Communities Secretary Eric Pickle gave the deal the go-ahead but the County Council has said that it is against it.

The trust knows it can't rule out being forced to sell the land at some point.

Peter Kyle is the Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Opposition to building near Shakespeare heritage site

Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Shottery
Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Shottery Credit: PA Pictures

The Shakepeare Birthplace Trust has confirmed its opposition to selling land near to Anne Hathaway's cottage.

Developers, Bloor Homes, want the land for housing.

Earlier this year Communities Secretary Eric Pickles gave permission for the deal to go through.

Residents and the council are also against the proposals but the Trust says it can't rule out being forced to sell.

Campaign to halt 800 new houses being built near Shakespearean landmark

More than a hundred people lobbied members of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust today to convince them not to sell land near Anne Hathaway's cottage to a developer.

The developer needs the land to build two housing estates. The trust and local councils have objected to the scheme but it was approved by the secretary of state. However Stratford council has now launched a legal challenge.

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