ANOTHER TOWN TO CELEBRATE THE THAMES?

 

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Another Thames-side town is planning to celebrate its position by the river.

Gravesend in Kent wants to be Gravesend-Upon-Thames.

If approved it will follow the example of Staines which last year became Staines-Upon-Thames. And it will join Kingston, Henley, Walton, Sunbury, and Goring which all draw attention to their riverside locations.

The idea goes to Gravesham Borough Council in November and then to residents for their views.

Councillor Jordan Meade, cabinet member for tourism and youth, said a name change would "end some of the stigma" attached to the town and bring about a much-needed boost to tourism.

He said at a meeting: "For too long, we have looked at tourism as a cost instead of looking at the potential economic benefits.

"Tourism is on the up in the county, but we are not seeing that trend reflected in the borough."

Story dated Oct 18th 2016