South London town in bid to pinch Cumbria's 'Lakes District' crown
Published at 11:02, Thursday, 04 April 2013
TOURISM bosses in the South London town of Croydon have demanded Cumbria drops all claims to the title of 'The Lakes District'.
The South Norwood Tourist Board has written to Cumbria Tourism saying that it is, in fact, the rightful owner of the title.
"We are currently promoting South Norwood as London's 'Lake District' as we have two fine lakes in out area," the letter read.
"It has been brought to our attention that you often refer to 'The Lakes' in Cumbria. This terminology is incorrect, however, as you only have one lake - Bassenthwaite.
"We must, therefore, ask that you desist in using the term 'The Lakes'."
But Cumbria Tourism's managing director Ian Stephens made it clear the county would not relinquish its title without a fight.
"South Norwood has three ponds. We have England's longest lake in the shape of Windermere, England's deepest lake Wast Water, alongside 14 other lakes and hundreds of meres, tarns and other bodies of water," he said.
"I'm sure the ponds of South Norwood have their merits and it is flattering that they wish to emulate our natural environment, albeit in a modest way."
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Posted this on the South Norwood tourist board website:Forsooth, I note that Cumbria,
The Land of Fell and Lake,
Has only one real waterway, whence their title it doth take,
In South Norwood there are two such, each small, some say "sublime",
Where boaters, fishers, walkers, do take their leisure time,
South Norwood may not be as fine as Cumbrian delights,
But itâs fairly close to London with itâs heady days and nights.But if you start to wonder which is best for heart and soul,
South Norwood or old Cumbria, which makes you feel more whole?,
And wonder âwhatâs the fuss about?â, the one that you all hear,Get the 9:15 from Euston, and go to Windermere......Then you'll see which is the real deal!!!
Come on folks show your support and tell them what you think. They are located here https://www.facebook.com/pages/South-Norwood-Tourist-Board/341953029218134 and https://twitter.com/SNorwood_TB
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