It may still be funny for southerners to knock northern towns and cities, but we must fight back with positive publicity tooTen years ago the people of Hull were left reeling at the news that their town had been declared the worst in Britain (OK, it is a city really, but that didn’t help their case very much). The publication of a book Crap Towns: The 50 Worst Places to Live in the UK captured the attention of the nation’s media and there were follow-up articles in their hundreds decrying the place. Even today if you stopped people on the nation’s streets the chances are that many would recall that Hull is synonymous with crap.The authors of the book have decided to follow up with a second edition: Crap Towns Returns: Back by Unpopular Demand. They have drawn up a shortlist of 100 towns from submissions made by members of the public. The challenge has been laid down to residents to speak up and defend their towns if they want to avoid being on the final list of 50 that will make it into print.Stockton-on-Tees is on that list.Of course, it is a bit of fun really; the book will …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books