June 22nd, 2008 admin

Here is a rather amusing story that made the front page of the Isle of Wight County Press this weekend, entitled ‘Smile at a tourist, Islanders urged’. Richard Wright writes

“PEOPLE have been urged to smile at a tourist to counter economic slowdown.

The message from the deputy leader of the Isle of Wight Council, Cllr George Brown, that Islanders should not grit their teeth but welcome tourists with open arms, came at Wednesday’s meeting of the full council.

Tory Cllr Brown’s message drew comparison with party leader David Cameron’s ‘hug a hoodie’ plea.
Cllr Brown, who is also cabinet member for the economy and leisure, presented an economic strategy for regeneration of the Island, which he said would be followed by an action plan.
‘It is important we don’t just lay down and play dead. Islanders need to smile at tourists — because we need their income,’ he said.”

We’ve been here twenty four hours and about three people have already smiled at me!


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