A woman fed up with people badmouthing Crewkerne has spoken up for the town.
Annabel Levaux of Severalls Park Avenue moved to Crewkerne from West Dorset three years ago.
She says friends from out of town have very little positive to say about Crewkerne. But Ms Leavaux, who describes herself as a proud Crewkerne resident, now wants to set the record straight.
She said: “The only good thing people have to say when I tell them I live here is that we have a Waitrose.
“I moved a mere 20 minutes down the road from my old home and quite frankly for my old neighbours and friends from West Dorset, I may as well have moved to Timbuktu.
“Crewkerne itself seems to have a terrible reputation for being an undesirable place to live, which so far as I am concerned, couldn’t be further from the truth.
“Everyone is so damning if you say you live in Crewkerne, but it is a really nice town.
“I am fed up with people badmouthing it. People who have never lived here have their own opinions and preconceptions of the town which is based on nothing.”
Ms Levaux is keen to point out positive things in the town – including its people.
She says Crewkerne has a wide variety of shops, amenities, clubs, pubs and restaurants.
She said: “There’s a lot going on here and I don’t see why people need to travel to somewhere like Yeovil.
“Crewkerne is steeped in history. It is stuffed full of fascinating and beautiful buildings and easy to explore if you wander the back lanes and pedestrian alleyways that satellite off the centre.
“I used to work in Bilby’s coffee shop and I got to meet a lot of local people who are so nice. I love living here.
“If you live in Crewkerne, support your local town and if you’ve only come into Waitrose from the countryside, then step a little further and explore the town.
“You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what gems can be found.”