Thoughts On Totton...
Thoughts On Totton...


"It is what it is"

Let me start by assuring you this is only a bit of a fun suggestion. I have no power or intention of making it happen, but the thought amuses me and may do the same for you.

New York has the motto "The City that Never Sleeps", Florida is known as "The Sunshine State".

The New Forest District Council has the motto "Old but ever new".

I was thinking about a suitable motto for my home Town of Totton. At present, there is no official motto. It's an unfortunate fact that Totton rhymes with Rotten, so some people "cleverly" put the two words together and call it Rotten Totton, whenever something happens in the community that disappoints.

When at Winchester, for meetings of Hampshire County Council, I have often been tempted to use the words "Forgotten Totton", especially when you compare investment in our town with virtually every other town in Hampshire.

Of course, the people who live here know that it has many fantastic features and it is a great place to live. We may not have many things that visitors can admire and I wish it was possible to start again when it comes to the town centre.

Anyway, combining an amusing quip with a healthy dose of realism and classic British understatement, my suggestion is that on all the entrances to the Town, under the sign that says "Welcome to Totton Eling", we should add the motto "It is, What it is"…..

It might just get us noticed by the bosses at Hampshire…..


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