The Nether Regions

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Retailogeddon in Tonbridge

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Imagine if the only thing lending a smidgeon of sanity to your provincial existence was the local branch of Burton, and then it suddenly closed down. Such is the plight of this poor mite from Tonbridge, Kent. A truly heartbreaking tale of teenage alienation, boredom and despair.

Kent and Sussex Courier, 28 January 2011 (story):

There’s nothing for us teenagers in Tonbridge

TEENAGERS from Tonbridge are forced to travel to Tunbridge Wells or Maidstone for shopping or “any kind of life”, according to a 17-year-old.

K College student Reece Heron has this week spoken out to raise the issues in the hope it will be a first step to change.

He has lifted the lid on what it is like growing up as a teen in the town after seeing Burton, the only shop he ever visited, announce its closure.

“All we’ve got to attract shoppers and tourists is New Look and the castle – there’s not a lot else,” he said.

“It annoys me when all I see is charity shops. Burton is going, so there’s pretty much nothing for me to go into now. I never say to my friends, ‘oh, let’s go to the British Heart Foundation for a browse’. It’s never my first thought.”

If it wasn’t for the Kent and Sussex Courier, Reece’s message might have been lost forever. But now, drunk on the attention that inevitably comes with starring in a quarter-page article in the local paper, he strides forward with a messianic sense of purpose and the confident belief that he can deliver true and meaningful change, i.e. a few extra chain shops in Tonbridge.

“We’d like to see Top Man, River Island, and other shops which Tunbridge Wells provides, but they’re getting rid of them in Tonbridge.

Reece is the first teenager, directly affected by the problem, to speak out in depth about the issue.

He added: “It’s a problem across the whole of Tonbridge, in particular for teenage boys and young men. For women you have New Look, Monsoon and shoes places, but the downfall is there’s nothing for guys.

“I don’t think many people of my age would open up about these sort of things because they think they don’t have a voice.

“But I see there’s a huge problem in the town and it needs sorting. Speaking out is my first step in trying to change things.”

This is exactly how Bono started.

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Written by Paddy

February 2, 2011 at 1:21 pm

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  1. What he failed to recognise is that Tonbridge has a perfectly good branch of Peacocks, as well as Quality Seconds. And if he was one of the many “rich” commuters that live in Tonbridge rather than a student, he could shop in Beales.

    Paul

    February 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm

  2. If this young cad lived in Louth; he no doubt would be in receipt of a fine pair of free casual slacks, courtesy of next weeks Louth Leader. (See Feb 17th)

    Cornelius Balfour

    April 5, 2011 at 11:52 pm


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