Call for gardens’ name to honour Queen’s service

Newly renovated Felixstowe seafront gardens.

Newly renovated Felixstowe seafront gardens. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Community leaders are to discuss a suggestion to rename Felixstowe’s seafront gardens in honour of the Queen’s record as the country’s longest serving sovereign.

Former councillor Michael Sharman has asked the town council to consider changing the Spa Gardens to the Queen Elizabeth II Seafront Gardens.

While the idea did not find favour with many councillors – who suggested planting a tree instead – they did agree to take it to the relevant committee and discuss the idea further.

The gardens are owned by Suffolk Coastal council, which would have to agree to a name change and then approach Buckingham Pakace for the royal blessing on the project.

The gardens are undergoing a £4.8million renovation to store their Victorian and Edwardian splendour and Mr Sharman felt renaming them would be fitting way to mark the Queen’s 63 years on the throne.

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Councillor Mike Deacon agreed and said it would be a “very fitting tribute” and urged for more investigation into the idea.

Mayor Doreen Savage said: “I am not sure whether it would be the wish of the people of Felixstowe to rename the Spa Gardens but I am sure it would be appropriate to commemorate the Queen’s marvellous achievement in some way.”

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Councillor Andy Smith felt it would not be appropriate to rename the Spa Gardens with all the area’s history and heritage bound so closely to the development of the resort, and felt another planting scheme in honour of the Queen would be better.

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