The town described by Diane Lines bears no resemblance to the Lynn I have come to know and love in the last three-and-a-half years.
Some late night drunkenness? Of course, but show me a town of a similar size anywhere in the country that doesn’t have exactly the same problem.
Some moron crashing into your car and driving off? Sorry but it happens everywhere. It shouldn’t...but it does.
The town I know is kind, caring, generous and ambitious. From personal experience at KL.FM I’ve seen our Christmas toy appeals and Easter egg appeals collect more presents and chocolate than radio stations three times our size.
I lived and worked for many years in Cambridge, supposedly one of the world’s great centres of learning and culture, and I can tell you it’s full of miserable, grumpy and unfriendly people. You won’t be surprised to hear that parts of the city centre is also full of drunks at weekends.
My favourite quote from Ms Lines was in the Daily Mail saying her local park is full of ‘couples having sex’ and I have to agree and say that I too have witnessed this phenomena...but I suspect there is nothing that can be done because the ducks and squirrels simply don’t have anywhere else to go.
It seems to me that as residents of West Norfolk we have two choices; We either moan and whinge about the world around us or we embrace our area, its friendly people, beautiful buildings, stunning countryside and we work together to make Lynn an even better place to live.