Wimborne residents’ fury over tabloid tag on town

Bournemouth Echo: NOT HAPPY: Eileen Worth, chairman of the Wimborne Minster Chamber of Trade and Commerce, right, with a copy of the article and Malcolm Angel and Martin Tidd rip up a copy of the Mail as other angry locals look on NOT HAPPY: Eileen Worth, chairman of the Wimborne Minster Chamber of Trade and Commerce, right, with a copy of the article and Malcolm Angel and Martin Tidd rip up a copy of the Mail as other angry locals look on

WIMBORNE residents have been left furious by an article in a national newspaper that condemns the town as “not the prettiest”.

The article, which appeared in the Daily Mail on Valentine’s Day, had been written about statistics showing Wimborne has the highest number of married people in England and Wales.

Locals from the town were shocked by reporter Steve Doughty’s opening sentence: “It is not the prettiest of towns nor the wealthiest, but it does seem to possess the secret to a successful marriage.”

However, the social affairs correspondent then goes on to say: “This rural idyll is an exceptionally attractive place to live because of its romantic landscape.”

Former mayor and Wimborne in Bloom chairman Anthony Oliver said: “It is very frustrating, as it seems the person who wrote the article hasn’t actually been to see the town for themselves.

“It’s a wonderful and very beautiful town.”

He added: “I don’t know how he came to this conclusion.

“It’s a lovely town set in the midst of beautiful countryside, yet close to the sea. Statistically, Wimborne Minster is also where people live longer, probably because the pace of life is slower, folks are happier and there’s a great community spirit. People are so nice and have got time for each other to stop for a chat.”

Chairman of Wimborne Minster Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Eileen Worth, said locals are proud of the historic town.

“It’s a delight to walk round our amazing selection of shops, restaurants and pretty green places,” she said.

“Plus there’s always something going on, such as our internationally renowned folk festival, our food festivals and other outdoor events. And that’s apart from other venues such as our famous Model Town, Tivoli Theatre, our museum, market and our wonderful community centre.”

The town became a business improvement district (BID) in 2011.

The director of the group, Martin Tidd, said he was astonished by Mr Doughty’s report.

“I, along with a lot of other people in the town, felt angry as we see it as an untruth,” he said.

“As residents and business people in the town, we might be biased, but it’s one of the most desirable places to live in Dorset, probably because it offers the perfect balance of commercial activity and communal charm.”

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1:14pm Fri 22 Feb 13

boyerboy says...

Frustrating ! cannot see from the picture how many have their arms folded..............
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Frustrating ! cannot see from the picture how many have their arms folded.............. .................... ..... boyerboy
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1:21pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Pablo23 says...

The article was written in the Daily Mail though so what do you expect, of course it was a load of nonsense written by someone who has never been there.

I'm just surprised they never managed to get an illegal immigrant or benefit scrounger angle into the artle at all like they do in most others
The article was written in the Daily Mail though so what do you expect, of course it was a load of nonsense written by someone who has never been there. I'm just surprised they never managed to get an illegal immigrant or benefit scrounger angle into the artle at all like they do in most others Pablo23
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1:22pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Pablo23 says...

*article nor artle

Pasty in the keyboard
*article nor artle Pasty in the keyboard Pablo23
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1:27pm Fri 22 Feb 13

scrumpyjack says...

Oh get over yourselves. Do you think anyone cares other than you?
Oh get over yourselves. Do you think anyone cares other than you? scrumpyjack
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1:44pm Fri 22 Feb 13

speedy231278 says...

I don't think the shopping precinct nor the town square are very pretty to be honest. So, sadly, I have to agree with the Daily Wail on this one.

Anyway, 'not the prettiest' doesn't mean they think it's ugly, or they'd have said 'one of the ugliest'.
I don't think the shopping precinct nor the town square are very pretty to be honest. So, sadly, I have to agree with the Daily Wail on this one. Anyway, 'not the prettiest' doesn't mean they think it's ugly, or they'd have said 'one of the ugliest'. speedy231278
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2:14pm Fri 22 Feb 13

The Liberal says...

The townfolk should be celebrating, since this article will hopefully dissuade Daily Mail readers from visiting. We don't bigoted riff-raff in the town. ;)
The townfolk should be celebrating, since this article will hopefully dissuade Daily Mail readers from visiting. We don't bigoted riff-raff in the town. ;) The Liberal
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4:23pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Tommo_71 says...

Classic Daily Mail nonsense.

More importantly....UTC !
Classic Daily Mail nonsense. More importantly....UTC ! Tommo_71
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6:40pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Wimborne Minster Born & Bred says...

I have lived in Wimborne Minster all my life and now, after 42 years, I am forced to relocate to another area because house prices and rents are so high in the town. Why? Because it is a desirable place for all the rich Londoners and retiring folk to come to live - they all move into the town and push the locals out. No affordable housing in the area either - it's a disgrace.
I have lived in Wimborne Minster all my life and now, after 42 years, I am forced to relocate to another area because house prices and rents are so high in the town. Why? Because it is a desirable place for all the rich Londoners and retiring folk to come to live - they all move into the town and push the locals out. No affordable housing in the area either - it's a disgrace. Wimborne Minster Born & Bred
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7:13pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Rubbish in the River Allen, tramp living on the pavement by the kebab shop, drunken louts outside the pub/club at closing time, charity shops and empty shops a-plenty, supermarket where the cricket pitch used to be, a 'world famous' car boot sale. Come on, Eileen!!!
Rubbish in the River Allen, tramp living on the pavement by the kebab shop, drunken louts outside the pub/club at closing time, charity shops and empty shops a-plenty, supermarket where the cricket pitch used to be, a 'world famous' car boot sale. Come on, Eileen!!! Letcommonsenseprevail
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7:15pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Wimborne Minster Born & Bred wrote:
I have lived in Wimborne Minster all my life and now, after 42 years, I am forced to relocate to another area because house prices and rents are so high in the town. Why? Because it is a desirable place for all the rich Londoners and retiring folk to come to live - they all move into the town and push the locals out. No affordable housing in the area either - it's a disgrace.
Do you not own your own property after 40+ years living in Wimborne? If not, you've only got yourself to blame for being forced out by high rent......
[quote][p][bold]Wimborne Minster Born & Bred[/bold] wrote: I have lived in Wimborne Minster all my life and now, after 42 years, I am forced to relocate to another area because house prices and rents are so high in the town. Why? Because it is a desirable place for all the rich Londoners and retiring folk to come to live - they all move into the town and push the locals out. No affordable housing in the area either - it's a disgrace.[/p][/quote]Do you not own your own property after 40+ years living in Wimborne? If not, you've only got yourself to blame for being forced out by high rent...... Letcommonsenseprevail
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7:45pm Fri 22 Feb 13

scrumpyjack says...

Letcommonsenseprevai
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Wimborne Minster Born & Bred wrote:
I have lived in Wimborne Minster all my life and now, after 42 years, I am forced to relocate to another area because house prices and rents are so high in the town. Why? Because it is a desirable place for all the rich Londoners and retiring folk to come to live - they all move into the town and push the locals out. No affordable housing in the area either - it's a disgrace.
Do you not own your own property after 40+ years living in Wimborne? If not, you've only got yourself to blame for being forced out by high rent......
No need. Wind your neck in.
[quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wimborne Minster Born & Bred[/bold] wrote: I have lived in Wimborne Minster all my life and now, after 42 years, I am forced to relocate to another area because house prices and rents are so high in the town. Why? Because it is a desirable place for all the rich Londoners and retiring folk to come to live - they all move into the town and push the locals out. No affordable housing in the area either - it's a disgrace.[/p][/quote]Do you not own your own property after 40+ years living in Wimborne? If not, you've only got yourself to blame for being forced out by high rent......[/p][/quote]No need. Wind your neck in. scrumpyjack
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8:42am Sat 23 Feb 13

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Bit ironic as Wimborne has probably the highest percentage of Daily Mail readers in the Country
Bit ironic as Wimborne has probably the highest percentage of Daily Mail readers in the Country Telscombe Cliffy
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