Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Rock On

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Half of all the UK's rocking chairs are made in the West Country village of Honeybourne. After years of rivalry between two local furniture makers, SA Thomas and Sons and Honeybourne Wood, one of the Thomas sons started a third company. The local council decided to promote the town's furniture businesses as a tourist concern. There are now seven woodwork shops, with rocking chairs still the main seller. When one new business decided on the name 'Off Your Rocker', the slang term was deemed 'unbecoming to the spirit of the village' and the name was duly changed. A rocking chair appears on the village sign.
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