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Times & Star is streets ahead in name game

Readers of the West Cumberland Times & Star in Workington, have chosen the four new street names to be used in Workington’s new look town centre, due to open in 2006.

The newspaper worked with the scheme’s developers and the local district council to ensure that local residents made the decisions.

“It was local democracy in action: the people’s choice”, said Times & Star editor Steve Johnston.

First, a shortlist was drawn up from readers’ suggestions, and the options were then put to the readers’ in-paper and online votes.

After weeks of voting, both by post and on-line, the paper has revealed the four winners.

Tributes to two Cumbrian rugby league legends, the district’s steel industry and a former MP were the readers’ choices.

From a short-list of eight names, the West Cumbrian public chose Workington Town legend Gus Risman, who died in 1994, former MP Dale Campbell-Savours, another rugby man, Billy Ivison, who died in 2000, and finally the name Steelmen, to represent the many West Cumbrians who have kept Workington’s steel industry alive.

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