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THE world’s most famous detective has provided the inspiration for a trail for shoppers during the upcoming Portsmouth Shopping Festival.

Organisers of the festival have created a Sherlock Holmes trail to encourage people to venture into areas of the city they may not regularly visit for shopping, as well as learning more about the fictional sleuth.

Portsmouth City Council destination brand manager Jane Wilson said the trail was made up of 10 points where there were questions to answer and stickers to collect.

She said people could enter a competition if they andwered all questions correctly, and would go in a draw to win prizes including a women’s bicycle, outdoor furniture and restaurant dinners.

Ms Wilson said one of the points was Bush Villas, now called Bush House, in Elm Grove, where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was living when he came up with the idea for Sherlock Holmes.

She said: ‘It’s a way of providing something for children as well as encouraging people to move around the city.

‘We wanted to include Sherlock’s birthplace and highlight the fact that Arthur Conan Doyle was living here in Portsmouth when Sherlock was conceived. It will be a fun and educational part of the shopping festival.’

Ms Wilson said community groups including the Bunny Warren Pre-School Nursery Group in Fratton and the Portsmouth Mind group had created material for the trail based on the Conan Doyle collection at Portsmouth Central Library.

The Portsmouth Shopping Festival will run from September 12 to September 28.