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Barrow residents hit back at blogger's ‘ghost town’ attack

A BLOGGER who described Barrow as “depressing” and a “ghost town” came under fire from scores of residents who jumped at the chance to defend their home town.

Anne-Marie Marshall upset numerous residents with the Barrow entry in her award-nominated Life in Northern Towns blog, chronicling her journey around “random” towns in the north.

Following her visit, she opened her blog by saying: “What can you say about the place when only two words suffice?” But she was met with a barrage of more than 40 comments from passionate Barrovians, both local and ex-pat, who accused her of being ignorant, concentrating almost exclusively on the town centre, and ignoring the chance to speak with locals.

In the blog, Ms Marshall was more critical of Barrow than anywhere else she encountered, including Ellesmere Port, Maryport, Ulverston and Dalton zoo.

She said The Specials’ Ghost Town played in her head while touring the town centre as she “pinballed along the precinct, from charity shop to charity shop” and found the experience “depressing”.

Ms Marshall said the pubs “looked desperate and scary”, adding: “Definitely one to avoid for the more genteel amongst us, although if you like a night out tinged with danger, I reckon this could be your town.” Focusing on Barrow’s geography, she wrote: “If you were from a poor family here your opportunities would be truly limited and dependent on the shipyard for employment. Not only directly but indirectly on the businesses that rely on the custom of the workers. I dread to think how many people are on benefits in this town.”

Ashley Hutchinson was among those who hit back. She said: “I’m sorry you think this way about Barrow, because it is a lovely place to live and there is a lot more to this town than you experienced in your short stay. You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. I would invite you back and show you the real Barrow and you would see there is a lot more to it than charity shops.”

Following the criticism, Ms Marshall said: “You have shown there is a strong community spirit in Barrow and this is the foundation to a successful future.

“I hope your town survives and thrives.”

Have your say

Dog muck and litter, that's what Barrow does best. Until Barrovians address their underlying apathy it'll never be any better. Spend half an hour watching the youth of Barrow dropping McDonalds and KFC rubbish out of their cars on Hollywood park, and you'll see what Barrovians think of their own town. Shame. You don't see the same disregard in Kendal, Ulverston, or Millom, just Barrow.

Posted by Nicklad on 30 April 2014 at 22:24

She must have been drunk when she visited Dalton.

Posted by Ram on 30 April 2014 at 20:09

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