Suffolk’s latest campaign draws fire from local MPs and focuses on social networking; Curious County nickname blasted

by Tiffany Millar on October 16, 2012

A plan to promote the county of Suffolk as England’s “curious county” has been blasted by local MPs.

The campaign, which Visit Suffolk announced last month, includes strong social networking elements with Twitter users pushed to use hashtags such as #proudtobecurious or #curiouscounty. Already, the idea has been met with precious little support from the MPs that are located within the county.

Dr Therese Coffey, the current MP for Coastal Suffolk, remarked that terms such as “Curious County” don’t give clear messages about Suffolk and are often used as euphemisms for some things that “aren’t quite right”. Peter Aldous, the MP for Waveney, also expressed reservations and remarked that he doesn’t really understand the slogan, which is curious in itself more than anything.

Of all the MPs in the area, David Ruffley, the MP for Bury St Edmunds, has been the most openly critical and blasted Visit Suffolk as, in his view, there is nothing curious at all about the what the county has to offer. He then went on to brand the slogan as being “idiotic” and “meaningless”, as well as potentially dangerous for Suffolk’s tourism industry.

Chris Waters, employed by Condiment, a communications agency located in Suffolk’s largest town of Ipswich, defended the initiative that was created by his employer and highlighted that it was meant to show that there is much more to his county than just the traditional attractions.

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