In a surprise move today Salisbury City Council has announced it is to employ Russian tourists, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, to star in a new promotional video extolling the virtues of the medieval cathedral city in a bid to encourage visitors to flock there.

Vernon Coker, Chief Tourism Officer said: ‘This is marvellous news considering the good work the lads have done already… and totally unasked for too I might add. Nothing is better than unsolicited testimonials in our view and quite frankly money couldn’t buy the worldwide ringing endorsement they gave Salisbury when they appeared on Russian television yesterday.’

‘We have been inundated with enquiries from the former Soviet States and as a result nearly every hotel, B&B and guest house is now fully booked until next March. No-one’s bothered about that rather unsavoury poisoning business we had here back in March. It’s history and thankfully we’ve now drawn a line under it and we’re all moving forward.’

But the good news doesn’t end there for what people are calling the Soviet Sensations, because it is understood they are next being lined up to promote a swanky central London hotel and have also secured the services of Theatrical Agent, Louis Partington-Grey, who told The Stage: ‘It is a great honour to be able to represent Alexander and Ruslan and I can see a great future ahead for them both on the West End stage, starring particularly in comedy and farce.’