LETTER: Reinstate the original name

I have read with concern your item in the Herald [April 1] about the possible re-naming of the seafront end of Terminus Road. I write as Vice President of the Local History Society and on behalf of numerous of our members. Perhaps your item was an April Fools' joke.

Friday, 15th April 2016, 12:00 pm

This stretch of road was known from the mid-19th century as Victoria Place, presumably in honour of the then Queen. The name was in keeping with those of the other roads running inland from Grand Parade: Burlington, Devonshire, Hartington, Trinity and Cavendish Places.

This name continued until January 1947 when, in the face of much dissent from Eastbournians, Victoria Place was renamed as a part of Terminus Road. Now, if a re-naming is needed, we strongly advise that the original name of Victoria Place is reinstated.

The word ‘boulevard’ is of French origin and usually denotes a large tree-lined avenue. It has little relevance to our town and frankly is rather pretentious if used in this context.

Michael Partridge

Staveley Road

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