Vote for Leeds Castle Falconer Mark – Kent’s Tourism Superstar!

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Vote for Leeds Castle Falconer Mark – Kent’s Tourism Superstar!

It’s time to get voting to crown Kent’s finest falconer as this year’s Tourism Superstar for England.

Head Falconer at Leeds Castle Mark Brattle has been shortlisted for VisitEngland’s Tourism Superstar 2015 award, supported by The Daily Mirror, and the public can now vote for him to win the coveted title at  

It is the first time a Kent figure has been shortlisted for the national awards, and Visit Kent wants to see this local tourism hero fly away with the prize during English Tourism Week.

Organised by VisitEngland in association with The Daily Mirror Travel as part of English Tourism Week, Tourism Superstar recognises the dedication of those working in the tourism industry, and is awarded to an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure visitors have an unforgettable experience. Voting is open until 28th February, and the winner will be announced at the start of national English Tourism Week on Saturday 14th March.

Mark was nominated for the award by Visit Kent and Leeds Castle for his “desire to impart knowledge and his dedication to the job”, and was shortlisted for the final along with nine other ‘tourism superstars’ from around the country.

Since arriving at Leeds Castle three years ago, Mark has built up a collection of more than 20 birds, covering 16 different species of owl, falcon, eagle, hawk and even a Kookaburra. As Head Falconer, he is responsible for the care, training and flying of the birds, and educates and entertains children and adults alike with colourful information and free-flying display demonstrations. Bill Lash, Chief Executive for Leeds Castle said: “We are very proud that our Head Falconer is the first candidate ever to be selected from Kent for this award, and we hope our visitors will vote for Mark and support Kent tourism.

“Mark’s enthusiasm for birds of prey, his desire to impart knowledge and his dedication to the job, make him a huge favourite with our visitors and staff at Leeds Castle. Anyone attending a flying display can’t help but be swept up by his bubbling enthusiasm and incredible knowledge of birds of prey. “We believe there’s no better candidate for Tourism Superstar 2015, and hope that you agree!”

Chief executive of Visit Kent Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE added: “We are delighted to see one of Kent’s tourism superstars shortlisted for this fantastic award. People like Mark deserve recognition for the pride and passion they put into the industry, so please do take a few seconds to vote for him. “We have scores of tourism heroes in Kent who work tirelessly to make our 57million visitors feel extra special every year. English Tourism Week is a great way of recognising the value of tourism and its people in the UK, and this award is a great way to start getting into the spirit of the occasion.”

Vote for Mark

Visit to view Mark’s award entry, and to register your vote. Voting closes on 28th February, and the winner will be announced on March 14th, the first day of English Tourism Week.

Follow Leeds Castle on Twitter @leedscastleuk and tweet your support for Mark Brattle Head Falconer for Tourism Superstar 2015. For more information about Falconry at Leeds Castle visit

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