Vote for Alan
Last year Alan Anderson from Auckland Castle was crowned Durham’s Tourism Superstar, and now the dedicated Park Ranger at the ‘Home of the Prince Bishops’ is in the running for the national award.
We now need your help to make Alan England’s next Tourism Superstar.
Alan has been Park Ranger at Auckland Castle for more than 17 years and works tirelessly to maintain its deer park and gardens to the highest possible standards. Whatever the weather Alan is out maintaining 200 acres of ancient parkland and woodland and enhancing the natural habitat of the local wildlife at the castle.
In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities Alan works with students from local schools who are at risk of being expelled, mentoring them and teaching them about the park and its wildlife. This work has been so successful that one of the students is now hoping to become an apprentice at Auckland Castle.
Alan was nominated to be Durham’s Tourism Superstar in 2016 by his colleagues who said he is a truly warm and engaging person and a real treasure of the Castle. Full of knowledge, passion, enthusiasm and dedication, he is always happy to lend a hand and has become a firm favourite for many of the castle’s visitors.
After becoming Durham’s third Tourism Superstar last year, Alan is now competing against 9 others from venues across England to win the coveted national award, hoping to make it three in a row for Durham, following the success of Matthew Henderson (Beamish Museum) and Lilian Groves (Durham Cathedral) who have beaten off stiff competition in the last two years to bring the accolade back to Durham.
*Please note Auckland Castle is currently closed for restoration and redevelopment. There is still a programme of events taking place, and the deer park remains open and free to access.
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Voting ends: 5pm - 29 March 2017