Nottingham

A453 renamed Remembrance Way in honour of fallen

Sean Upton Image copyright MOD
Image caption The family of Warrant Officer Sean Upton - who died when a roadside bomb exploded in 2009 in Afghanistan - proposed the idea

A dual carriageway has been named in honour of British service personnel killed in combat.

The A453, which runs from Nottingham into Leicestershire, will now be called Remembrance Way.

The road bears the same number as that of the total of British military losses in Afghanistan.

The idea was suggested by a BBC Radio Nottinghamshire listener who made the link after hearing a report about work to widen it.

The A453 is covered by three authorities: Nottingham City Council, North West Leicestershire District Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council.

A two-week consultation on the idea attracted more than 1,600 responses, with other names including Heroes' Way, Bastion Way, Hope Way and Helmand Way being suggested.

Councillor Richard Butler, cabinet member for sustainability at Rushcliffe Borough Council, said: "Remembrance Way was chosen because it remembers the conflict in Afghanistan, but also all other conflicts."

Image caption Other proposals for the road include the creation of a remembrance walk

Radio listener Dougie Pullen, who served in Afghanistan, said he was really proud his idea had become a reality.

He said: "The word remembrance just sums it up because whenever we drive along this road that's exactly what we are going to do.

"Everyone is just going to pause for a moment and remember all the servicemen who gave their lives in Afghanistan, and in every other conflict."

Mr Pullen's idea was put forward to officials by the family of Warrant Officer Sean Upton, a Nottinghamshire soldier killed by an explosion while on patrol in 2009 in Afghanistan.

His family said it was a fitting tribute to have a road named in honour of those who died in Afghanistan.

The road renaming is likely to follow a similar path to that of the A52 Derby Road, which connects Nottingham with Derby, and was renamed Brian Clough Way in 2005.

Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Brian Clough was manager of Nottingham Forest from 1975-1993

It is still officially called Derby Road for practical reasons such as postal addresses, but has additional signs saying Brian Clough Way.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites