Games makers to play makers - The Stratford Observer

Games makers to play makers

Stratford Editorial 4th Apr, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

THE STRATFORD Olympics had Games Makers, Shakespeare’s Stratford is going to have Play Makers.

An urgent call is going out for welcoming, friendly, outgoing recruits to come forward and add an extra dimension to Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Celebrations on Saturday April 26.

Organisers of the landmark celebrations in the Bard’s home town are hoping the Play Makers be as successful as the Games Makers were at the London 2012 Olympics.

Training will be provided by Stratforward’s own Town Hosts as an extension of the existing tourist guide service, funded by Geraud Markets UK, the operator of Stratford’s markets.

The Play Makers – in distinctive yellow and black ‘Ask Me’ polo shirts – will be on hand to help visitors with any queries on the day.

“We know this year and 2016 – the 400th anniversary of his death – are going to increase footfall on what is already a very busy weekend for the town, said Sam Lloyd of Stratforward who will help train the new recruits.

“We have therefore been looking at how to welcome the extra guests in a warm and friendly way – just as the Games Makers did in London. They will serve as an extension of the work that the Town Hosts already perform – as the necessary eyes, ears and friendly faces welcoming the visitors to the town.”

“They will be deployed at strategic gateway points including the park & ride, railway stations and coach stops as well as around Rother Street market, which will extend the current engagement activity and make everyone who comes to Stratford feel part of the festival celebration.”

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