Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

If This Is Marton ... Where's the Traffic?

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

If This Is Marton ... Where's the Traffic?

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Byline: Will Sutton

Three cars? It's a busy day for New Zealand namesake

- David Fewtrell, pictured far right in Marton in New Zealand, and right, how the Wangarui Chronicle reported his pilgrimage from Teeside

They might have the same name, but there's a world of difference - literally - between the two Martons.

Teesside man David Fewtrell travelled to Marton in New Zealand to see the difference during a six-week holiday.

The 69-year-old flew 11,000 miles from his home in The Grove to visit New Zealand's north island. He spent two days in the town - population 5,000 - after the New Zealanders sent Councillor Jan Byford to Teesside two years ago.

David said the only thing the two places had in common was Captain Cook.

It used to be called Tutaenui, a Maori name which can be translated to "dung heap", but changed its name in 1869.

Townspeople chose Marton, the birthplace of Captain Cook, because they had just marked the 100th anniversary of the explorer's arrival. …

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