BBC's Close up North
Posted by Martyn Howorth, Friday, October 5, 2001
I was so glad that Robert Collins posted in order to give
a more balanced view of Hebden Bridge life. Whilst the
alternative community's contribution to life in Hebden Bridge
is considerable, our fine town benefits from the
contribution from many sectors. This certainly includes the
local folk, professionals and those involved in business!
Richard Hull's posting gave the impression that those of us
involved in the professions (other than education) or business
are unworthy of living in Hebden Bridge. Attitudes like this
strike me as just reverse snobbishness, and I would've
expected better from such an educated person.
How superflous is a 4x4 if you live in Colden, or Erringden?
It is my observation that it is mostly
the locals who drive the 4x4s around rather than the "green welly"
negative stereotype that Mr. Hull chooses to re-inforce.
Interestingly enough many of the local people look upon the
alternative and academic community in HB in much the same
way that he obviously views businesspeople and
professionals. You are just as visible and appear just
as ridiculous to us!