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Three years that turned my home into a ghost town

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From Otley Town Council’s website ‘Otley is a vibrant, historic market town in the heart of Yorkshire with a population of some 14,000 people . . . Otley is a haven for residents and visitors alike, with numerous places to eat and drink, many independent shops to browse and a wide range of community activities and events to participate in. In March 2014, our town was voted one of the best places to live in Britain by the Sunday Times.’

Oh, happy days! Three years ago this was an accurate description of this lovely town nestling at the bottom of The Chevin, a hill in Lower Wharfedale affording marvellous views across the town and surrounding countryside. Otley is a market town, with its market having been active for around 800 years. Not long ago it had the distinction of having the most pubs in England. This was true even in the 17th century when the town was allegedly drunk dry by the parliamentary forces on their way to the battle of Marston Moor.

Like everywhere else in the UK, Otley was closed down in March 2020, supposedly for three weeks to flatten the curve to stop an allegedly deadly pandemic. It is a sad fact that the town has never bounced back to pre-March 2020 levels.

Much has changed these last three years in Otley, very little of it for the better. Never having believed for a moment that the scamdemic was genuine, I’ve been in a position to observe and assess these changes. With a few other dedicated individuals I became a distributor for The Light newspaper in and around town, initially posting them through letter boxes at random. We started with around 400 papers per month. Initially most people were full of fear and it definitely brought out the worst in certain individuals. Sometimes I wouldn’t get out of their gate before the paper was hurled at me with some choice words. However, this was more than compensated for by others who really appreciated an alternative view. At this time (early 2021) the vaccine mania was approaching its peak and whilst those of us who were aware of the experimental and dangerous nature of this injection would try to warn people, our voices were like shouting in an empty room, nobody there to listen.

I became aware that the best way to distribute The Light was not to post randomly, but to approach businesses in the town who might stock it and allow those who were curious to read it and take a free copy if they so wished. When we started this it was definitely something of a challenge but over the last year or so we have established the newspaper in shops, pubs, hairdressers, barbers, cafes, restaurants, a garage outlet, the Conservative Club, taxi businesses, butchers and a gym, to name but a few. We now take 1,000 copies a month and we get these out without any problem. In many places we are anticipated and welcomed with the monthly edition.

Why has this happened? Why is an alternative paper which counteracts the mainstream narrative now appreciated instead of ridiculed? It’s simple: it is because of the suffering that people are now experiencing. We don’t just deliver the paper, we take time to talk to the recipients and get the feel of their woes and troubles. We have made many friends and over time have gained their confidence because they now identify with the views that we espouse. Many people are seriously questioning the kind of country we live in when those in power continue to get richer whilst a sizeable proportion cannot feed themselves properly or keep warm.

Otley is now a shadow of its former self. Pubs have closed and continue to close. They suffer from a double whammy: increased rents, bills and cost of stock, with decreased income from a disappearing clientele. Meanwhile, supermarkets offer alcohol at prices barely changed since 2020. Is this a coincidence? A conspiracy theorist might say that this was an orchestrated policy to increase isolated home drinking while at the same time closing venues which allow people to meet and discuss topics of the day.

Small gift shops which thrived not long ago are now conspicuous by their absence, with yet another one closing recently. Barbers, who were always busy, now wait for customers. The street market, which has its main day on a Friday, is a greatly reduced affair and here the council shoulder much responsibility. They have taken it upon themselves to position huge planters on the main street, thereby depriving traders of their business space. Many of them have given up and those who remain are barely making a living. Of course the council are fully on-narrative with the whole ridiculous ‘climate emergency’ nonsense, but one suspects that this is out of total ignorance rather than any understanding of the facts.

There is a devastating personal cost to all this. Depression, suicide attempts, debt and hopelessness are felt by many people. There has been a marked increase in youth drug taking and a disillusionment with life that is a disturbing development.

It’s a sad admission, but Otley is something of a ghost town. However there is one thriving business which is an indictment of just how things stand – it’s the 20p Shop, which is run by compassionate and community-minded people. 

What is undoubtedly true is that the town, whilst suffering considerably, is now populated by many who are asking questions and are recognising that perhaps we have a government that, far from acting in the best interests of the population, are acting against them. The use of cash is increasing as the message is getting out that a digital currency will benefit only the banks and those who wish to control us. It would appear that the best way to make folk realise that we are being subjected to tyranny is for them to experience their very own hardship.

Otley is a great little town brought low by a corrupt regime who are puppets to a greater evil pulling the strings, and the situation here is replicated throughout Britain. Lord only knows how some of the depressed towns along the isolated coastal areas of Cumbria and parts of Yorkshire and Durham are faring, bearing in mind they were suffering before the Covid fiasco took hold.

There is a nature reserve on the outskirts of town called ‘Gallows Hill’ which, as its name implies, was used as a place of execution in earlier times with the last hanging being recorded in 1614. There are those in town who are so angry at the events of the last three years that they would dearly like to see this place revert to its former use when the perpetrators of these crimes against humanity are brought to book. Who could argue with them?

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Harry Hopkins
Harry Hopkins
Harry Hopkins is a furniture designer/maker who loves to write.

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