Author explains Boston ‘crap town’ nomination

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The co-author of a book which could feature Boston as a ‘crap’ town has explained how it got nominated.

As reported by the Standard, Boston appears in the 100 towns nominated to go into the book Crap Towns Returns when it is published in October.

Sam Jordison, who worked on Crap Towns in 2003 and 2004, and is helping put together the new book said the authors had had some ‘really funny’ entries about Boston.

He said: “In fact, part of the reason it’s in the running is that people have been writing such good stuff about it - if that isn’t too much of a back-handed compliment.”

“On a more serious note, there’s also been a lot of correspondence about the racial tensions in town and the riots that happened a few years ago,” he added.

He pointed to examples submitted which compare Boston, Lincolnshire, to Boston Massachusetts and noted recent negative stories regarding obesity, and the ‘high percentage’ of recent immigrants - including reference to a riot in 2004 following football defeats where windows of shops were smashed and a police car was overturned.

One commentator said that although Boston is frequently described as an ‘historic market town.’he thought Skegness had a better market and added ‘Which is not something you can say about anywhere else’.

Another said: “In a letter to Groucho Marx, Fred Allen wrote: ‘I have just returned from Boston. It is the only sane thing to do if you find yourself up there.’ That’s right. Even the best and most appropriate joke for our town is actually about the place in America.”

Mr Jordison said he got the impression that most of the nominations came from people within the town, but added some seemed to be visitors.

He said the town had had dozens of nominations ‘which is pretty good going for such a relatively small town.’

Since the story broke on The Standard’s website, there have been a number of comments which agree with the story and some which defend the town on Twitter and Facebook.

The list of 100 will be whittled down to 50 for the final book.