We are a spa town. Spa water is what our town was founded upon. It’s our raison d'être, or as the French would say our reason for being. So perhaps we should make more of it.
Right then, how about this for a concept idea for our famous Chalybeate Spring water? Packaging it into small bottles for gifts would be a great way of getting the name of our town out there to the masses. If it's one thing our town needs it's more tourists and this would make quite the advertisement for us wouldn't it?
One popular argument against bottling the water is that it quickly oxidises into the rusty liquid that you can see in the photograph above, (it actually comes out of the spring sparklingly clear), and that it's therefore too unsightly to be sold in bottles. But think about it, this could be made into its major selling point. Even more so with a catchy “shake to wake the taste” slogan eh?
Whatever we do, think of this as a friendly reminder if you haven't been down to The Pantiles to drink a glass of the good stuff yet this year. Remember, you're not a proper Wellian if you haven't had a glass.
If you haven’t enjoyed some of the amber-ish nectar since the Spring reopened in March then let the words of Lord North's physician ruminate around your brain for a while, for he once said that our waters cured:
...the colic, the melancholy, and the vapours; it made the lean fat, the fat lean; it killed flat worms in the belly, loosened the clammy humours of the body, and dried the over-moist brain.
I bet we’ve all suffered the odd bout of over-moist brain recently haven’t we? Chin chin!