You couldn’t make it up
A woman who twinned the British village called ‘Dull’ with a US town named ‘Boring’ claims it has made Dull a more exciting place to live.
Elizabeth Leighton, 62, came up with the idea to link Dull in Perthshire, with Boring in Oregon, after she passed through the tiny US location on a cycling holiday in 2012.
All 85 locals in Dull were thrilled by the idea to twin the two places, and speaking ten years on, Elizabeth said it has brought a “flash of excitement” to the tiny Scottish village.
Tourist numbers in Dull have surged since the towns twinned a decade ago, with some even travelling all the way from – you guessed it – Boring.
Unsurprisingly, visitors can often be seen snapping selfies with the road sign which reads: ‘Dull, paired with Boring, Oregon, USA.’
The match has been so successful that in 2017, the mayor of ‘Bland’ in Australia’s New South Wales decided they wanted to get in on the action. Together, the three towns are known as the ‘Trinity of Tedium’.
Other US towns like Dreary and Ordinary have been touted as potential partners.
Match-maker Elizabeth, who also works in climate change policy, said: “It’s nice to have a bit of fun when life gets serious, and it’s great people want to have a laugh and a joke about the names. Other places have wanted to join, but I don’t think anything official has happened yet.
“It’s great to make something of the pairing ten years on.”
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