A FORMER local reporter has launched a new website all about Droitwich Spa and its famous connections.
Adrian Caffrey started the not-for-profit site Ooh Aah Droitwich Spa to promote the town and its links, including making the flames for the Batmobile, once having more pubs per head of population than anywhere else in the country and helping lay the foundations for America.
Adrian said Droitwich had more than its fair share of claims to fame so decided to put together a site which boasts 100 fascinating and fun facts about the spa town.
On his site there are tales of the world’s longest tennis rally, the maths teacher who played bass with the Beatles, the baby abandoned in a cinema, and the West Midlands’ most expensive luxury home – at a whopping £9.5million.
It also features all the juiciest titbits through time, from the town’s Roman occupation to the submerging of the High Street’s crooked houses in the floods of 2007 and beyond.
The website recalls the story of rates rebel Nellie Copson becoming the oldest woman to be sent to a British jail and how a farmer invented the first vacuum that also washed carpets.
It also reveals the town’s links to comedy legend Rik Mayall, Ashes hero Ashley Giles, current England manager Gareth Southgate and hit TV shows Blackadder and Last Kingdom.
And there are tales of ghosts, grisly murders and oddities such as the killing of a runaway pet bear and the ‘kidnapping’ of American rapper Eminem.
Adrian, 50, who has lived in Droitwich nearly all his life, started thinking about the potential for the website during lockdown walks around the town last year.
He said: “I’ve been interested in local affairs and local history since I was a kid. I’ve collected 117 tales so far, some of which I reported on in the late 1980s to mid 1990s.
”But I’m sure there are many more tales out there waiting to be told and I’d love to hear them.
“The only criteria is that they must make the reader go ‘ooh’ or ‘aah’.”
Visit the website at oohaahdspa.com