Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Paul Daniels Leaps to Town's Defence as Middlesbrough Residents Bombard Channel 4

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Paul Daniels Leaps to Town's Defence as Middlesbrough Residents Bombard Channel 4

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Byline: By SAM BEATTIE

HUNDREDS have gone online to tell Channel 4 "Boro is best".

Scores of proud Teessiders bombarded the broadcaster with praise for the town as property show Location, Location, Location prepares tonight to name Middlesbrough Britain's "worst" place to live.

Discussion boards on the website are spilling over with Tees pride and passion - and the provocative programme hasn't even been broadcast yet! As reported by the Gazette yesterday, local leaders questioned the office-based "pseudo" survey at the root of the claim, arguing it painted a skewed and deliberately bleak picture.

And residents past and present have logged onto the Location website to put the record straight. Three times as many have shared their thoughts on Boro than on second "worst" place, Hull. You also got in touch with the Gazette in your droves after we asked for your comments about the sour-tasting snub, which will see Middlesbrough named number one in an undesirable top-20 list tonight. Hartlepool has also been ranked 20th.

"Rubbish, rubbish, rubbish, more like!" said reader, Howard Wilson. "I'm Boro born and bred. We live in a lovely part of the country, with friendly people and uncongested roads - except Marton crawl!"

Dave Serrell said: "I'm an ex-pat living down the South. We are used to Boro being slagged off by the southern media. It takes their minds off their crime-ridden life. So don't worry Boro people, you live in a wonderful part of the country."

Glen Smith, from Marton, said: "We can laugh at the end of the day with our better, cheaper lifestyle."

And South Bank-born star magician Paul Daniels stuck up for the town in a national newspaper yesterday. "Middlesbrough is surrounded by the most beautiful countryside within a few miles," he wrote. "It's an easy target for criticism because it was built by industry, but the men who made money from the industry also built museums and splendid civic buildings. …

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