Rockers to be immortalised in road signs

LOWESTOFT rockers The Darkness could find themselves immortalised in their home town.Members of Waveney District Council want to pay their own personal tribute to the stunning success of the four-piece band, made up of frontman Justin Hawkins, brother Dan, drummer Ed Graham, who are all from Lowestoft, and bass player Frankie Poullain.

LOWESTOFT rockers The Darkness could find themselves immortalised in their home town.

Members of Waveney District Council want to pay their own personal tribute to the stunning success of the four-piece band, made up of frontman Justin Hawkins, brother Dan, drummer Ed Graham, who are all from Lowestoft, and bass player Frankie Poullain.

Although there's no chance of an airport or building being named after the group, the council is hoping that naming a few of the town's streets after the boys would show their gratitude to the band, who have championed the country's most easterly point during their annus mirabilis.

Wendy Mawer, the council's portfolio holder for regeneration, said naming streets after the band was the least the council could do.


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"Around the time of the Brit Awards, the feeling of the council was that we could do something within Waveney to mark their success," she said.

"They're local boys who talk up the town all the time and it's been brilliant for us and them."

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Mrs Mawer said there were several plans afoot but the band's heavy schedule had madeit quite difficult.

"We have decided to hold a civic reception for them," she said. "They have said they would be delighted and honoured, but it's so difficult to tie them down to put a date on it.

"What we can do is get a street named after them, but it takes a hell of a lot to put in place."

Mrs Mawer said the council may name streets on new developments after the band and maybe even part of the £25m Southern Relief Road could have the Darkness touch.

As for names of streets, she was concerned that no one would be too keen to live at 13 Darkness Avenue, even if it was near to Rock Road, which is in Oulton Broad.

"Then again it could be a premium price house," she added.

Of course this is not the first time the council has named some of its streets after stars of the moment.

Back in 1997, as the Parkhill housing estate had been built in the town, councillors were more than happy to back the success of the British and Irish Lions rugby union team.

Howley Gardens, Quinnell Way, Bentley Drive, Rodber Way, and Leonard Drive all popped up in tribute to members of the rugby team that successfully toured South Africa and Australia.

At the time, some of the names caused confusion for local people not overly familiar with the world of rugby and its stars.

But, if Justin Avenue appears on the streets around Lowestoft, there's no doubt everyone will know who it is named after.

nThe band could be set for their first UK number one single this weekend with Love is only a Feeling, the fourth single from their album Permission to Land is doing well in the midweek charts, but faces strong competition from American hip hop artist Usher and his single Yeah. The chart is announced at 7pm on Sunday.

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