‘Run down, shabby town’ not doing too bad

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I WOULD like to pass on my congratulations to G Milne as I now believe the world record has been broken by managing to offend a whole town with one letter (News Guardian, September 8).

That town is Whitley Bay, the ‘UK’s capital of stag and hen parties’.

I am not the type of person who is easily offended, but on this subject I felt an appropriate response was required.

I find the concept of the letter beyond belief.

I am very proud to say I live in Whitley Bay, it is a fantastic town with a very bright future.

However, it has not been without its problems in the past, such as anti-social drunken behaviour, as is quite rightly pointed out, but this sadly is a common occurrence in most places.

I wonder if the correspondent has ever been down Tynemouth Front Street on a Sunday night over the past 20 years?

As for Whitley Bay being a ‘run down, shabby town’, again I disagree.

Over this summer I have noticed that, like Tynemouth, families have been ‘flooding’ to Whitley Bay both through the day and evening.

So this run down, shabby town can’t be doing too bad. With the regeneration in speed the future is looking bright.

To end with, I would like to pass on my heart felt condolences to the correspondent who, to their horror, witnessed a ‘couple’ of stag/hen parties drinking in Tynemouth Front Street, it must have been a terrible sight in this democratic country.

MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

Whitley Bay