LETTER: Dear Worthing

Your letters
Your letters

We were close friends for so many years:

I grew to love your quirkiness, your foibles and your fears.

So believe me when I say I’m speaking from the heart

– a place of real caring –

But I don’t know where to start...

Perhaps, to begin with, your need for some attention,

Though please understand it is not my intention

To criticise, to challenge, much less to undermine

It just saddens me to notice

That you’re looking less than fine.

The pomp and the circumstance,

Of West-Sussex-by-the-Sea

If I’m brutally frank, seems quite weary to me.

Your pier and your promenade were noble in their day

And even decades later, when I used to walk that way

But lately, you look tired, in need of respite care

Especially if you’ve only the winter to repair.

I’d love to see you healthy from your coastline to the station

But, frankly, what I saw today was clear depreciation:

Shop units everywhere available to lease

As though you’ve been raided by the Retail Police;

Charity shops abounding to rival George Street, Hove –

Which frankly shouldn’t be the way you have to go;

Ninety-nine-p and pound stores that rival any city –

If this is really all you’ve got, well isn’t that a pity.

Don’t misunderstand me – I get the economics

High culture and money are pretty hard to mix

But nonetheless you must have some creative resolve

A single spark is all it takes to problem solve...

Come on Worthing Council, let’s hear you respond

Before your star attraction

Rusts into the pond.

Gail Miles

Prinsep Road

Hove

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