Tabloid tells all ahead of tour

18:16, Mar 29 2014
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A popular British tabloid newspaper has written about Blenheim to inform its readers before the visit of Prince William and wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, next month, writes Cathie Bell .

Blenheim is noted for more than just wine, according to the Daily Mirror; and there are no traffic lights - just "lots" of roundabouts.

In a story previewing the visit of the royal couple to New Zealand and Australia next month, the Mirror, which has a readership of more than 1 million people, has provided a guide to Blenheim.

Blenheim is the second stop on what the tabloid calls "the much-loved duo's three-week tour" after "visiting Kiwi capital Wellington", William and Kate will make the short trip to the wine capital of New Zealand", the Mirror writes.

Its list of "most interesting things about Blenheim", includes:

Named after Battle of Blenheim In 1704, troops led by John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, defeated a combined French and Bavarian force in what was to become a turning point in the Spanish War of Succession.


The battle took place in Blenheim, Bavaria, with more than 30,000 French casualties.

European settlers renamed Waiharekeke (sic), Blenheim and the region Marlborough after its victorious general.

Very sunny Blenheim is in a constant battle for the title of sunniest place in New Zealand, fighting for the top spot with Nelson, another South Island city. It boasts an average of 105 sunny days a year, and is the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds, where visitors can enjoy all manner of watersports, fishing and white sandy beaches.

No traffic lights For a town with 30,000 residents, Blenheim has no traffic lights. There are a lot of roundabouts.

Wine capital of NZ Marlborough is now New Zealand's largest wine producing region, and has received worldwide recognition for its sauvignon blanc wines.

There are 90 wineries in the region, as well as three breweries and a distillery.

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