London scribblers should find out what really makes us tick
THE piece puffing Frome in The Times a week or so ago by journalist Simon de Bruxelles prompted some pretty strong reactions in the town.
It's always good to have people saying nice things about our area, of course, even if it is a little wearing the regularity with which we are "discovered" by one London-based scribbler after another.
Could the proximity of Babington House have anything to do with it? It surely could.
No, what seems to have caused offence is the suggestion that Frome's economic improvement, not to mention its flourishing arts and crafts scene, started in a "year one" in 2011, co-incident with the election of a new town council.
Could that have something to do with who the writer spoke to in the town? It certainly sounds like it.
This is not me knocking the town council. Some things they've done over the last couple of years I have agreed with, others I certainly haven't. Mostly, not a lot has changed. But Frome has dragged itself up by its bootstraps over a period of about 30 years, from unemployment of 17 per cent in the 1980s to near full-employment now.
Venues like the Black Swan and the Cheese and Grain were established decades ago. A lot of people have worked hard over a lot more than two years to improve Frome.
Come and find out what really makes us tick sometime, Mr de B.