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'Rude' place names censored at Harrogate WI fair

Coasted censored at the WI event Image copyright Lesser Spotted
Image caption Dominic Greyer said he was asked to censor coasters and tea-towels at a Women's Institute event

Wetwang, Cockermouth and Bell End were just some of the place names deemed too rude to be shown at a Women's Institute (WI) event.

Dominic Greyer said organisers of the WI's Centennial Fair in Harrogate asked him to cover up coasters, mugs and tea-towels featuring some of Britain's saucier-named towns and villages.

The author was selling merchandise for his book 'Lesser Spotted Britain' when asked to hide the offending items.

The organisers have yet to comment.

Mr Greyer said he was approached by a male organiser who described some of the promotional material as "unacceptable".

He was asked to put greetings cards in brown paper bags and cover place names with 'censored' stickers.

Image copyright Lesser Spotted
Image caption Women at the event were "gobsmacked" the author had been asked to cover up the items

Mr Greyer said: "It was pretty farcical, it was like I was running an adult shop.

"I had to cover up what on paper seem like rude names but, in context, are real places from around the UK.

"It's just 'Carry On' humour, it's not like you can't drive past these places, they're all out there on the street for people to see."

The writer, from Manchester, said ladies approaching his stall during the event at the weekend were "gobsmacked" by the move and thought it was a marketing gimmick.

"Some of them were pretty put out and thought it was patronising," he added.

The locations deemed 'too rude':

Image copyright Lesser Spotted

Wetwang, East Yorkshire

Cockermouth, Cumbria

Three Cocks, Powys

Twatt, Shetland Islands

Bell End, Northamptonshire

Sandy Balls, Hampshire

Slack Bottom, West Yorkshire

Butts View, Derbyshire

Cocking, Sussex

Bully Hole Bottom, Monmouthshire

Minge Lane, Worcestershire

Assington, Suffolk

Juggs Lane, West Sussex

Furry Way, Cornwall

Rings End, Cambridgeshire

Guests of the event took to Twitter to share their confusion.

"Oh the censorship thing did have us rolling with laughter - we're just so delicate!" said one.

Other WI branches also waded in with their thoughts:

"At the fab @Lesser_Spotted stand at @theWI fair but shocked to find he'd been censored by the MEN who run the event! !" said the Cottonopolis WI.

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