Tourists from China and Japan have descended upon the once quiet little English village of Kidlington in Oxfordshire with selfie-sticks waving in the air and cameras flashing every 5 seconds. Locals would like to know what all the fuss is about.
Coachloads of these tourists, traveling with a questionable tour company, rolls into town about once a week. The tourists tend to walk around like they own the place, sometimes even stepping right up to the stoop of private homes and peering inside windows. Strangely enough, the most popular homes are not even the village’s most historic, but are rather located on the relatively modern Moors Road.
Locals have been left to ponder the reason behind the recent swarms of unwelcome tourists. Villagers believe that the tour company has misled tourists into believing that the town was the setting for popular dramas like “Inspector Morse” or “Midsomer Murders,” or maybe even that it was the village used in Harry Potter. It wasn’t.
Instead, Kidlington is merely a regular English village with a little over 13,000 people living there and nothing really noteworthy to see. “It’s really weird and nobody has a clue why Kidlington and Benmead Road in particular, has suddenly become world-famous,” one resident told the Daily Mail.
The whole thing has obviously become the talk of the town, with residents discussing how truly bizarre it is on Facebook.
“Why has nobody ever had the obvious idea to ask the tourists what they have come to see?” one wondered.
“Don’t knock it , I’ve been selling them cream teas at £8 a go,” wrote another.
By Robin Winship
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