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'Take Back Totnes' celebrate road sign victory

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: November 06, 2012

The controversial Totnes/Narnia road sign

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MEMBERS of a new protest group in Totnes have claimed their first victory after having its fictitious 'twin town' removed from a road sign.

The members of the Facebook group Take Back Totnes were furious over the graffiti on the sign welcoming drivers to the town, and saying it was twinned with Narnia, as featured in the children's book The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe.

Take Back Totnes, who have also presented an opposing view to the campaign to stop Costa Coffee opening in the town, have gathered more than 300 Facebook 'likes' since starting their campaign little more than a week ago. They are also considering fielding candidates for election to Totnes Town Council when the opportunity arises.

A meeting in the town on Thursday night will give people the chance to find out more about the group.

Spokesman Matt Trant said: "I was one of those people that live in the town who was in favour of Costa Coffee.

"A lot of people I know and spoke to were either in favour of Costa or weren't really bothered.

"With all the coverage of Costa deciding not to come to Totnes, we didn't feel that the town was being fairly represented.

"We're not trying to fight the town's alternative image, because that's one of the reasons people love Totnes, but we don't think that image should dictate the way in which the town does business."

In their Facebook statement Take Back Totnes wrote: "STEP ONE: Totnes people demand the authorities remove the graffiti from our town welcome sign. We do not live through a fairy tale wardrobe.

"We call upon all Totnesians to rise up and take back your town from those who believe they can impose upon us their peculiar and damaging ideas.

"We celebrate the alternative and diverse community Totnes has become. However, we do not believe those who choose to live in our wonderful town should impose their idea of the rural idle upon the vast majority of local people.

"These ideas are creating long term damage to the local economy and the town's reputation."

Take Back Totnes are hosting an information and ideas meeting on Thursday, November 8 at 7pm at the Studio Lounge. All are welcome.

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  • Highwayman  |  November 08 2012, 11:42AM

    I've posted this before but will re-post it here "The rhetoric used by some of the campaigners to 'urge' Costa not to invest in Totnes bordered on threatening and intimidating! I think it was appalling that the MP became actively involved with this and by doing so allied herself with these campaigners. If the independent coffee shops of Totnes are THAT good then they would have nothing to fear. I'm sorry this is a sad day for democracy and free enterprise, who will be the next business to be excluded because of the narrow minded idealisms of the minority."

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  • Felchus  |  November 08 2012, 9:30AM

    Am fairly sure is meant to be idyll. Does the Herald employ a proofreader?.

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  • Felchus  |  November 08 2012, 9:28AM

    "Rural Idle". Excellent typo. Very Freudian.

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  • BettyD  |  November 08 2012, 8:53AM

    Thought it was pretty funny as did a lot of residents I know in Totnes. I suppose it was the usual boring got nothing better to do than complain brigade. Personally can't think of a better place for Totnes to be twinned with, you get high just driving through the place

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  • PLYMFOX01  |  November 08 2012, 7:54AM

    Wake up Totnes, have a sense of humour. I dont know what the issue was with Costa but if it was about not having national companies then why have you got Morrisons in the town?

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  • LucyLastick  |  November 08 2012, 7:40AM

    Totnes meeds to take a brave leap forward into the 1970s.

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  • Tracyhf  |  November 08 2012, 7:25AM

    The sign always made me smile and I thought it demonstrated a sense of humour. Maybe the inhabitants of Totnes have realised their neighbours have twinned with Bikini Bottom and are jealous and feel the need to up their game. I actually believe it has been removed because a new twinning is about to be revealed, in light of its quirky little shops where everything can "costa" a little more, not to mention the magical beings who live there, you heard it here first. Totnes...twinned with Hogsmeade

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  • grahame61  |  November 07 2012, 7:01PM

    A true sign that I felt represented the inhabitants of Totnes, but then again I've always thought of them as The Totnes To@@ers.

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  • Foldart  |  November 07 2012, 5:49PM

    It's a great sign and raises a few smiles from locals and visitors alike.

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  • Sinjis_Things  |  November 07 2012, 5:28PM

    I always thought Totnes was twinned with La-la land.

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