As the month comes to a close, it’s a glorious day and no doubt the tourists will be out in force. We have a long list of shopping made out but won’t be doing any of it until later in the week. If the schools go back this week, hopefully numbers of visitors will drop both here and in the other local resorts and we’ll stand a fighting chance of not only getting what we need, but it being a ‘pleasant’ trip.
I was born in Poole, a popular place for tourists to visit, especially as it was only five miles town centre to town centre from Bournemouth and a main outlet for the building of Sunseeker yachts. As an adult, a day’s visit to Bournemouth would take weeks to get over yet in my teens I was discoing with my mates every weekend.
When I returned to Poole in 1989 after an absence of 8 years following my divorce, it had changed considerably, with blocks of flats where roundabouts used to be and housing estates creeping like oil slicks across natural heathland. Working for the bank gave me a free weekend parking pass, but even in the height of the season, the masses were nothing like we’re currently experiencing here.
Our town has a population of around 12000, and that easily doubles in the Summer, but this year I think has tripled. I guess because people have been unable to get abroad for their holidays, they are picking UK seaside resorts instead, but if what we’ve seen is the standard of British tourists, IMO they are a disgrace to our country as they leave mess, litter and trouble in their wake. Of course this is a minority, but as is always the case, they spoil it for the majority.
I’ll leave you with this, a joke that was sent to me which I found amusing.
Keep safe everyone
A local Farmer sees a man drinking from his stream & shouts over :
“Wozzon? Ee dun wanna be drinkin ‘at, it’s full-en hoss piss n cow shit”.
The bloke looks at him down his nose and says:
“Excuse me, I’m from London and I’ve come here to self-isolate in peace in my 2nd property in the village, can you speak a bit more clearly, please?”
The Farmer replies: