I was busy pissing myself laughing the other day when I saw the picture I’ve used above. Then, a few minutes later as if the great wheel of irony had inexorably turned there was an item on the local news about Gravesend.
Now Gravesend is, to be fair, a bit of a dump. In 2013, it was voted the sixth worst place to live in England by the website Chav Towns, which stated that it was home to some of “the most grotesque, loathsome, vile and vulgar” people in Britain. A view which seemed to be shared by the locals they interviewed on the vox pops who agreed it was a bit of a dump.
But apparently the local council think that they can give it an image makeover by changing the name to Gravesend-upon-Thames. Their argument? Apparently it worked for Staines. Really? I used to work in Staines. It’s still a dump…
Cllr Meade, cabinet member for tourism and youth, said a name change would “end some of the stigma” attached to the town and bring about a much-needed boost to tourism. He said at a meeting: “For too long, we have looked at tourism as a cost instead of looking at the potential economic benefits. Tourism is on the up in the county, but we are not seeing that trend reflected in the borough.”
He seems to think it will allow them to compete with places such as the Lake District on a more even keel.
He’s seriously deluded. You can’t polish a turd!