THE NEW York Times newspaper gave Woodley a mention in an online article last week.

The internationally-known newspaper featured the town, as well as Reading itself, in its article and publishing the story online on Friday, July 31, and publishing it in print on August 1.

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It was discussing Britain's current economy during the coronavirus pandemic, and how shops in suburban areas are doing better than some shops in London, due to residents wanting to shop locally.

The article featured other local spaces displaying economic success despite the lockdown, including Summertown, Oxon., Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, and even closer, Tutu's Ethiopian Table, Palmer Park, Central Reading.

The article interviews various residents, including Woodley Town Centre manager Brian Fennelly, and Tutu Melaku, business owner of Tutu's Ethiopian Table.

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The article, Written by Eshe Nelson for the New York Times, says: "On the edge of Reading, Woodley, a suburb of about 34,000, is experiencing a burst of activity.

"It has its own town center, made up of an eclectic mix of shops and cafes around a tree garden that is still waiting to be planted.

"It has come to life as people stick closer to home."

Ms Nelson said on Twitter: "extremely pleased at getting a 'Reading, England' dateline in @nytimes.

"Only fitting as this town is where I started my journalism career."

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