...the pretty market town where Enid Blyton lived is now divided – over a festival celebrating her life.
Organisers are planning a week of activities in honour of the writer, who died in 1968 aged 71, and want to install a plaque to mark the spot where her home once stood.And there's a problem with that?
However, other locals are fighting to block the event on the grounds that much of the author’s work was ‘racist and offensive’.Ah. Guardian readers, I suspect?
Anthony Mealing, 63, who is trying to stop the event going ahead, said: 'My grandmother, Annie Grigg, taught at a school near here where they had rather racist Enid Blyton stories issued free by the author to all the pupils in the 1950s.
'The moral of one of the stories is: Don’t leave any money around if there are any black children about as they will steal it.
'She was anti-Semitic and very racist. People don’t believe me because she is too high an icon, but she was.'So...it's really only one local? At least, only one that the 'Mail' has been able to find.
He has his supporters on the internet, of course, but they aren't necessarily villages, now are they?
...a supporter of Mr Mealing wrote: 'For years there have been persistent rumours, based on recollections by some now elderly folk, that Enid B wasn’t a very nice lady.
'One of her daughters also had a lot to say, criticising her too. Two TV documentaries about her also cast doubt about her character.'Isn't it setting one's criteria for literature a wee bit high, that one can only read and enjoy books written by people who have lived the lives of ascetics, and whose relatives never have anything bad to say about them?
Luckily, our state broadcaster doesn't go in for such nonsense, eh?