01:03AM, Sunday 08 September 2013
Entrants to the Bright Idea challenge prize face an anxious wait for the winner to be announced after the competition closed earlier this week.
The Royal Borough has received more than 80 entries for the Advertiser-backed challenge, which closed on Monday after inviting people who live or work in the borough to come up with an innovative solution to a problem which affects Windsor and Maidenhead.
Solutions have ranged from ways to fill empty town centre shops to ideas to make roads safer for cyclists and the full range of entries will be judged by a team led by chat show king Sir Michael Parkinson at Maidenhead Town Hall on Tuesday, September 10.
The winners of the £20,000 challenge prize will then be announced outside Windsor Guildhall by the borough's town crier, Chris Brown, at 11am on Tuesday, September 17, before Sir Michael leads a presentation of trophies and prizes inside the council chamber.
The winner will collect a first prize of £800, with two runners-up receiving £400 and £250 respectively.
The rest of the £20,000 pot will be used to create and implement the best ideas.
Participants were invited to submit entries which either support children and young people, encourage healthy people and lifestyles, improve the environment, economy and transport or work for safer and stronger communities.
Sir Michael said: "I'm delighted to be supporting Chris as he uses his voice to full effect in revealing the challenge prize winners."
Chris added: "I'm really looking forward to filling my lungs before unleashing the good news of the Bright Idea challenge prize to the great Royal Borough public."
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