And now they are to challenge the Daily Telegraph, and those behind a new travel book, to come to Forth and see just how much there is in the village.
Locals are furious at a book extract used in last Saturday’s Telegraph magazine. Author Tim Moore, masquerading as a travelling salesman, was checking out Britain’s “bleakest” towns. Even ignoring comments about inbreeding, Forth was a problem from the word go.
But locals hit back this week. “It is a travesty,” said Gazette correspondent Jean Thomson.
And fellow resident Rena Whyte said: “We are not going to tolerate Forth being miscried.”
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