Nevertheless, every year 2½ million people come to Stratford-upon-Avon, one of the most popular places in the United Kingdom after London.
Why is this?
Undoubtedly it is because William Shakespeare was born here, lived and retired here, and is buried in our own Parish Church. As a playwright he is amongst the world's best. His works are performed and studied internationally.
Stratford, however, has many other sons and daughters,who have also contributed to the town's distinctive history with a heritage that reaches out beyond the classical theatre. The heritage encompasses a full range of trade, industry, communications, commerce, learning and leisure pursuits.
We who are lucky enough to belong to Stratford-upon-Avon are delighted to share our good treasures with so many visitors. For at the end of the day, Stratford-upon-Avon belongs to us all. It is a part of world culture.
Mrs Joan McFarlane Mayor 1995/96