As the author of this article, I’m pleased that such a simple reference to an empty shop has sparked off such an interesting debate and brought so many wide ranging points of view to the fore, as it proves that Rye News is read by a diverse audience who care about their town – 20 plus comments is far more than we would normally expect to see.
Thanks to everyone for their comments, and for engaging, as it makes writing the articles worthwhile. Continually writing about parking, dustbins, motorbikes and visitors invading Camber does get boring, but I accept these issues are important and should not be ignored.
But let’s hear more about the unspoken history of the town, the folklore, the sayings, the “funnyosities” and the memories that many of our readers ought to share with us as they make much more interesting reading than some of the stories we cover.
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The editor adds:
If lockdown progresses as promised, hopefully there will be more and more stories of activities and organisations coming back to life – and we hope to hear from you all.
Rye News is run by volunteers who have been as locked in as everybody else, and are also few in number. But, if you can write a “comment” – and some are getting longer – you can probably write a story too. Please think about it. Perhaps there is more that you want to say. Perhaps you do have a story to tell.
Nick often writes about simply what he sees – what people are doing, how they seem, and how they affect others – sometimes – and we all have our stories – even if we don’t think we have.
One might be why we moved to Rye – if we are not a local, born and bred. I came because my “ex” was here. She moved on. I stayed. End of story – except, of course, it’s not. It started in the mid 70s, and I’ve been here nearly 10 years, and (like lots of people) we have family – and grand-daughter contemplating university.
And you have stories too. I was blown off my feet as a toddler when a doodlebug (V1 bomb) landed up my London street. In Rye at exactly the same time houses shook and windows broke as hundreds of anti-aircraft guns tried to shoot them down as the V1s headed for London.
Soon (hopefully) Nick, as Rye’s heritage centre manager,, will be telling visitors about Rye’s history, but today Nick and I would like to see more of your stories – please.
Image Credits: Rye Heritage Centre .