A few weeks ago a friend on Facebook was asking for ideas regarding merchandise that could be stocked in a gift shop to promote Royal Tunbridge Wells as a tourist destination. Being the contrary sod that I am I came to the conclusion that what was really needed was a range of ‘alternative’ gifts trading on the generally held preconception of the town as the ‘Spiritual Homeland of Middle England’, with all the snobby, upper-middle associations that go with it.
Of course, the town doesn’t really match the image that’s presented of it at all – there are entire roads that have no chartered accountants, graphic designers, micro-entrepreneurs or life coaches living on them whatsoever! Admittedly, they are very short roads, and they are all located in those areas of the town we generally prefer not to talk about (or acknowledge), but they do exist, and the
plebs working class people living (if you can call it living) on them have occasionally been known to venture as far afield as the town centre and even the ‘Village’ itself!
So, to dispel the image of Royal Tunbridge Wells as a snooty, up itself, upper-middle joke, please find here a range of reassuringly expensive gift items soon to be made available to the discerning tourist shopper…
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