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Sheppey is always the butt of other Kent residents' jokes

By Times Guardian reporter

Down the years, Sheppey has been the butt of many a jibe and joke.

People throughout Kent love nothing more than to criticise the Island.

But why the unpleasantness? Visitors and residents love the place.

Sheppey...twinned with hell?
Sheppey...twinned with hell?

With its open countryside, wildlife and beaches, it should be a must-go location in the county.

Most Islanders have experienced the dread of hearing yet another boring Sheppey sterotype rolled out by mainlanders.

Following last week’s incident of someone writing Welcome to Hell on the Crossing, we asked people for the most regular Island insults they hear.

Swampies - they've all got webbed feet, you know?
Swampies - they've all got webbed feet, you know?

Here’s a list of the usual suspects:

Swampies! You’ve all got webbed feet.

Did you use your passport to leave the Island?

Islanders have inappropriate relationships with their close family members.

Police have issued a warning over sheep worrying
Police have issued a warning over sheep worrying

Islanders have inappropriate relationships with sheep - worse than the Welsh.

There are lots of residents who have never left the Island.

Isn’t Sheppey somewhere off Scotland?

Isn't Sheppey off Scotland somewhere?
Isn't Sheppey off Scotland somewhere?

Most Islanders reside in the three prisons in Eastchurch.

Shouldn’t it be Sheer-mess rather than Sheerness?

Don’t you have six fingers on each hand?

Sheppey is just one big prison camp, apparently
Sheppey is just one big prison camp, apparently

Population never changes - every time a child is born, a man leaves.

The Island has lots going for it, nature, history, community spirit and a jobs boom currently underway.

What do you think of the reputation it has? Send your responses to timesguardian@thekmgroup.co.uk

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