Locals split as Tesco arrives in Britain's smallest town

Damian Wilson

There are moves afoot to paint Tesco as the unfeeling big business after it just won a battle to build a 2000 sq metre supermarket in Britain's smallest town.

Like many a quaint market town across the UK, the residents of Manningtree, Essex, probably fall into two categories. There are folk who like things just the way they are, with a shop for everything and an admirable pride in being Britain's smallest town.