Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE RIDICULOUS; What Judges Rejected in Bid to Name New Pier

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE RIDICULOUS; What Judges Rejected in Bid to Name New Pier

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Byline: DAVE ROBSON

THE official name of Redcar's seafront building will be known later this month - but today we reveal the ones the judges discarded.

And it's very much a case of the good, the bad and occasionally the ugly, with a vast array of names suggested - but, perhaps remarkably, only one totally unsuitable for print.

About 500 entries were submitted in a Redcar and Cleveland Council competition to name the seafront tower - generally known until now as the vertical pier.

There's a lot of repetition, some bad spelling and various political points made.

But the mind-boggling array of suggestions confirms that whether you like it or loathe it, the building has certainly captured the imagination.

Redcar and Cleveland Council leader Councillor George Dunning comes in for a bit of stick, with suggestions including Dunning's Folly and Dunning's Dog House.

He has already nailed his colours to the mast of "Mowlam's Beacon" - one of nine to make the final shortlist and one of several in memory of former Redcar MP Mo Mowlam.

Among the others which didn't make the final cut are many on a nautical theme, including The Lighthouse, Fisherman's Friend, Spirit of the Sea, The Crow's Nest, High Seas Tower and The North Sea Spire.

Some need a little explanation, including Langward Tower (Langward meaning a tall guardian), Ferrum Pier (with ferrum being Latin for iron) and SCIBIC (anagram of BSC and ICI).

There was also a suggestion to name it The Geoff Waterfield Tower, after the late union official who did so much to bring steel-making back to the town.

Some make plain their feelings about the building, including Thanks We All Wanted This, The Undemocratic Tower, The Great White Elephant and The Like-It-Or-Lump-It Tower.

But some are more optimistic, including Symbol of Hope, The Gleaming Tower of Teesside and King of the Beach. …

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