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SPECIAL VISITOR: Sports and Culture Minister visits iconic Watford spots

 Published on: 22nd May 2022   |   By: Christina Pantelly   |   Category: Uncategorized

Watford MP welcomed, Minister for Sport, Tourism, Heritage, Civil Society and Youth for a tour of the world-famous Harry Potter studios and a visit to the home of Watford FC.

Nigel Huddleston MP was welcomed by Dean Russell MP on May 18 at Vicarage Road, which was hosting the Premier League Primary Stars Football Tournament. Premier League Primary Stars strives to motivate children to learn, be active, and acquire critical life skills by using the appeal of English football’s top division.

The tournament took place over two days, with primary schools from across the UK representing clubs from the National League, EFL and PL. The matches were officiated by Premier League and Women’s Super League referees, and all the players got the chance to be pictured with the iconic Premier League trophy.

Speaking after the final Dean Russell MP said: “I would like to thank everyone at Watford FC and Premier League Communities for working so hard on this event. It was fantastic to see the children’s faces as they made their way out of the tunnel and onto the pitch. I would also like to thank the referees for taking the time to attend. The standard of football was really high, I am sure there were some future Premier League stars taking part in the tournament.”

Dean and the Minister were then taken to the world-famous Harry Potter studios, where they were shown the Great Hall set and the Hogwarts Express at Platform 9 ¾. They also went to the newly extended Privet Drive set, Gringotts Bank, and Diagon Alley, before concluding their journey at the iconic Hogwarts Castle Model.

Following the visit Dean Russell MP said: “I was delighted to show the Minister around the Harry Potter Studio Tour. It was great to learn that the number of international visitors is gradually returning to pre-pandemic levels, providing a boost to the local economy.

“The studios are a major local employer, so it was important to me that the Minister came to meet with the staff to see how fantastic they are at running such an iconic attraction. Harry Potter is now synonymous with Watford, and I am delighted that it attracts so many people to our town.”

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