Shakespeare named UK’s greatest national treasure
Legendary playwright William Shakespeare—known for his plays like Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, etc.—has officially been named Britain's greatest national treasure in a new poll.books Updated: Jul 04, 2009 14:44 IST
Legendary playwright William Shakespeare—known for his plays like Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, etc.—has officially been named Britain's greatest national treasure in a new poll.
The poll was sponsored by ice-cream makers Mivvi.
Buckingham Palace grabbed the second spot, while position three went to fish and chips.
Fourth on the list was Big Ben, while the age-old red phone boxes wrapped up the top five.
Wimbledon was placed at the 16th spot, and it became the highest sporting event to feature in the poll.
The tournament's traditional treat of strawberries and cream also came in at number 24.
However, Wimbledon wasn't the only sporting event that featured in the list, for cricket came at 26th spot, the Boat Race at 28 and the Grand National at 38.
People who featured highly in the poll include the Queen at number nine and The Beatles at 15.
UK’s traditional transport also made it to the list, with red buses at eight and black cabs at 13.
The traditional British cup of tea landed at number six, but Sunday roast could only manage 20, with bangers and mash at 36 and fry-ups at 47.
"British fare is more popular than ever at the moment, with the nation tucking into strawberries and cream while gripped by Wimbledon,” the Mirror quoted a spokesman for Mivvi, as saying.