26 Medbig StreetPorthmadog Sussex EnglandGT71 29Q 17th September 2004Mr Ben Shelmerdine671 Bloomfield RoadBlackpoolLancashireFY4 1NZDear Mr Bryson, My name isMr Ben Shelmerdine and I am a director of the Blackpool tourist board. Iwould first like to say that I was shocked an appalled at what you wroteabout Blackpool. I could not believe some of the awful language you used todescribe Blackpool. Nearly all of what you wrote and most of the things yousaid were just predigest and far too judgemental and you only used onepoint of view, yours. You never bothered to go out and ask the people thatwere visiting our home city and you never even bothered to ask one personthat lived in Blackpool what they thought about it. To be honest I wouldnot say that all of article was bad, you said that Blackpool never failedto amaze you and you also mentioned that Blackpool had more visitors lastyear than Greece which was all correct, but then you started to say thatpeople were using doorways as a place to urinate, but I am one hundredpercent sure that Blackpool city council provide enough public toilets foreveryone.Order now
I also thought that this point was exaggerated slightly. I wouldlike to know how many people you saw urinating in a doorway. The onlypeople that would use a doorway as a toilet are people with no respect forothers and have no respect for Blackpool either. Ben ShelmerdineI was not very pleased by the way you changed back to saying that Blackpoolwas successful and then followed that up by telling everyone that Blackpoolhas increased its visitor numbers by 7 per cent where as elsewhere ofpeople taking a traditional seaside holiday has declined by a fifth. After that you then start to cast aspirations on Blackpool again by callingit ugly, dirty and a long way from anywhere, and then you call the sea inBlackpool an open toilet, but if you had researched it you would have foundout that it is now clean and has won awards.
You also would have learnedthat its muggy brown colour is due to the algae and dark sand on the seabed. After all this you have the nerve to call our attractions cheap,provincial and dire but they seemed to attract you after all of the goodcomments about them and how it is an amazing sight. You said in your piecethat you had been hearing and reading about them which obviously means thatnon prejudiced people have enjoyed then or you would not have bothered toour home town. The most frustrating part of your piece was where you keptcriticising the illuminations, especially the section where you wrote “Butin terms of a letdown it would be hard to exceed Blackpool’s light show. “And “If you had never seen electricity in action, it would be prettybreathtaking, but I am not even sure of that.
” as well “It all just seemedtacky and inadequate on rather a grand scale, like Blackpool itself. ” I wasvery upset by this section. You must have thought that the illuminationswere quite good because you call them a spectacle. I finally got theimpression of what kind of man you are at the end of your article where yousay you were looked at like some sort of southern pansy when you asked fortartar sauce, I got the impression of a spoilt little child crying becausehe cant have what he wants but in a judgemental mans head. I would like toask you a few questions before I finish my letter for example if Blackpoolis as bad as you describe it to be why do we get more visitors than Greece?And why do 6.
5 million people come to Blackpool each year? And one lastquestion if our illuminations are so bad why are they famous. I hope I havemade you think more clearly about your article and how you describedBlackpool and I will wait on a reply. Yours Sincerely,Ben Shelmerdine.