Letter: Shakespeare the outstanding Briton

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The Independent Culture
Sir: William Shakespeare was recently voted the outstanding Briton of the millennium by BBC radio listeners and the film Shakespeare in Love has attracted huge audiences. Each country needs to recognise its greatest citizens as role models, but it seems that in this country our greatest men and women are officially ignored. It is time to honour Shakespeare by making his birthday, 23 April, a national holiday for the United Kingdom, or at least an English public holiday.

JOHN J WILD

Middleforth, Lancashire

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