Top critical review
Not bad, one perspective on what caused Dewsburys downfall.
1 November 2017
Having grown up near Dewsbury (but not living there), I have memories when I was a kid of going to Dewsbury Swimming baths, the market and the shops as a kid, and it being a nice place. The town had all the usual shops, such as Marks and Spencer, and was relatively smart.
I knew it had become a run down and the home of Karen Mathews, but took my car to a tyre fitter there a year ago as they had a tyre in stock. Whilst my tyre was being done,I strolled through Dewsbury for the first time in maybe 20 years, and was shocked at what I saw, many of the shops and even McDonalds closed down. I saw a group of drunks fighting in the town square (middle of the day). I was approached by someone who appeared to have serious psychiatric issues. The people looked poor and dejected. Pound stores, ‘never never’ on the tick type shops and various Asian speciality shops seemed the order of the day. Even the market was a shadow of its former self and I heard just the other week that a famous Pork butchers had shut up shop after around 100 years or more. It was basically horrible, one of the worst towns I had ever walked though. How sad I felt.
I saw this book and wondered if it would cast some light on how a once nice town had become this. The rather quick death of the place had sort of passed me by, I would like some answers.
The book explains the cultural split in a Dewsbury with people living in alternate universe in places like Saville Town, and the lack of integration between communities. The author seems to think this is a big part of the town’s downfall. He also explains the political climate, and how certain entities ceased control and imposed an agenda, to the detriment of many Dewsbury residents.
Im not convinced the book is that well written and sometimes seems rambling and flitting between different subjects. However, it’s a decent read and offers on perspective on the problems Dewsbury most certainly has.