A NEW Christmas quiz competition has been launched, giving Islanders the chance to win a £1,500 gift card.

The Great Town and City Christmas Quiz is a national competition, in which places across the UK and Ireland compete against each other for the chance of being crowned 'The brainiest Christmas shopping destination of 2020'.

The Wight Gift Card is part of the award winning Town and City Gift Cards programme — active in over 50 towns and cities.

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The gift card, sponsored by WightFibre, works like a local currency, with each acting as a pre-paid Mastercard, which can be redeemed at registered businesses on the Isle of Wight, for online purchases and in stores, if open.

Shoppers can buy the card as a gift knowing the recipient can choose their own selection from many of the Island’s best-known brands and producers — in store or online.

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The new scheme follows on from other recent local shopping initiatives on the Island, such as Fiver Fest and Let’s Buy Local, and is available for customers to buy now for delivery from this coming Tuesday in time for Christmas and the January sales.

To take part in the quiz, brainy Islanders should visit Christmasquiz.townandcitygiftcards.com and compete on behalf of the Isle of Wight.

A big supporter of the new card is Cllr Wayne Whittle, cabinet member for regeneration at the Isle of Wight Council.

He said: “The quiz is a bit of festive fun for the Island, but the message behind it is vital — shop local and support your local businesses.

"Businesses are relying on people shopping local for their survival, but it benefits the whole community too.

"Every £1 spent locally is worth £5 to the local economy.

“I think the Isle of Wight has got to be the front runner to be crowned as the brainiest place in the Great Town and City Christmas Quiz.

"The £1,500 Wight Gift Card would be a welcome surprise for most of us — you could do all of your Christmas shopping from over 65 participating venues, enjoy meals out for the next year, or treat the nearest and dearest."

The closing date for the competition is Friday, December 18.