THAME has received a glowing report in the Guardian newspaper this week after being hailed as ‘a great town to live in’.
The independent shops impressed columnist Tom Dyckhoff and this view was mirrored by newly-elected Mayor David Bretherton.
He said: “It is good to be recognised in a national paper, it is all very positive and again shows us what a brilliant town we have and we now just have to find a way of preserving it.
“An awful lot of people are roped in by the town, they come here to visit and they think what a wonderful place it will be to live, but then I suppose that pushes the house prices up.”
This was the main criticism of the town, as Mr Dyckhoff referred to Thame as being nearly as expensive and snobbish as the Cotswolds.
But Mr Bretherton refused to agree with this criticism and said: “We are not snobbish in Thame, we are friendly people and we always encourage tourism to the town.
“I always bump into somebody I know and there are lots of good shops and facilities.”
The surrounding villages of Haddenham, Long Crendon and Chinnor were also selected as places of beauty, with the Sir Charles Napier being the best place to visit.
The article prompted residents of Thame to write in to the paper, expressing their fondness for the town.
One subscriber wrote: “There’s a real community feeling – you always bump into people you know.
“It has two good bookshops and a cattle market twice a week.
“The only downside is the Thame Fair – four days of funfairs and louche behaviour.”
While another added: “My wife and I have lived here for 50 years, it has kept its friendly market town feel, with small shops covering many needs.”