Dudley MP Ian Austin has told the town's critics to “stop talking Dudley down” and invited them to join him on its new ferris wheel.
The Dudley North MP has invited TV presenter Piers Morgan and other national journalists who criticised the town to visit the town and join him for a trip on the new ferris wheel in Stone Street.
Ian Austin said:
“I’m from Dudley, I love the place and I’m proud of it.
“I was in town last Saturday and saw lots of people queuing up to get on. Shop owners and traders on the market told me the town was busier than usual. The owner of the Arcade Toy Shop said that his takings were already up 30%.
“I think Len Lenihan who leads the traders group and his colleagues are doing a really good job promoting the town and encouraging new visitors and we should all get behind them and support their efforts instead of talking the town down.
“I’m inviting the snobs in the national media to come to Dudley and take a trip with me on the wheel. They’ll see our fantastic castle, the new marketplace, the world-beating Black Country Museum and the Wrens Nest which was the first ever geological National Nature Reserve.
“While they’re here, we can tell them how Dudley lit the spark that triggered the industrial revolution, changing not just this area, but the whole of the world.”