Creator returns with jigsaw puzzle of the city's top landmarks
HER hit board game Destination first began flying off the shelvesÂ more than a decade ago. Â
Now Rachel Lowe is hoping to bring joy to familiesÂ with her latest creation '“ The Portsmouth Puzzle.
The 1,000-piece jigsaw colourfully illustratesÂ more than 30 city staples and attractions, including Fratton Park, Charles Dickens, South Parade Pier, Victorious FestivalÂ and The News.
The idea was conjured up in JanuaryÂ but after months of hard work the puzzle will go on sale on Friday '“Â after an official launch with sponsors at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard at 11am.
Mother-of-two Rachel, 40, said: '˜It was discussed at Toyfair in LondonÂ in January when I was talking to retailers. They loved all the regional board games I've done and they asked me if I would ever consider doing regional puzzles.
'˜I thought why not '“ so I approached a few of my sponsorsÂ who had sponsored my board gamesÂ and they loved the idea. That's how the idea was born.'
TwoÂ versions of The Portsmouth Puzzle are set to go on sale, one with 1,000 pieces for Â£14.99Â and a junior edition with 200 pieces for Â£8.99.
Thousands of each have been produced under the name of Rachel's new brand, Rachel LoweÂ Games and Puzzles, and sheÂ is hoping they will be enjoyed for years to come by families across Portsmouth '“Â her home city.
She said: '˜Part of my job is bringing joy into people's homes.
'˜When my samples arrived [on Monday] they were delivered to my house andÂ it just happened my girls were at home with me. We were jumping up and down.
'˜The artwork looks amazing and I'm so excited about launching it.'
She added: '˜I love where we liveÂ and I couldn't ever imagine moving very far away from Portsmouth.
'˜We're a tourist destination '“Â people come here for their holidays '“Â and we get to live here,Â so I think we're really lucky.'Â
A former taxi driver for Aqua Cars, Rachel came up with the initial idea for the Destination series while out driving herÂ cab.
She now works for herself andÂ producesÂ games and puzzles for television and film '“ with a Call the Midwife jigsawÂ now available to pre-order.Â
The Portsmouth Puzzle will go on sale at U-Need-Us in Commercial Road, at gift shopÂ inside the attractions featured in its artwork and will be available to buy at rachellowe.co.uk after Friday's launch.