Hague Backs Move to Name Airport Diana

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Hague Backs Move to Name Airport Diana


Byline: DAVID HUGHES

MOVES to rename Heathrow the Diana Princess of Wales Airport were gathering momentum last night.

Tory leader William Hague threw his weight behind the idea, which came from a Labour MP, Chorley's Lindsay Hoyle.

Downing Street said the idea would be considered by the Government committee headed by Chancellor Gordon Brown which has been set up to help coordinate Diana's memorial fund.

And BAA, Heathrow's owner, said it was 'flattered' by the idea.

Renaming the world's busiest international airport would be a 'fitting tribute' to the Princess.

Some of the world's biggest airports have been named in honour of prominent figures - such as New York's John F Kennedy and Paris's Charles De Gaulle.

At the same time Lord Archer proposed renaming Kensington Gardens the Princess of Wales Gardens in Diana's memory. The gardens surround her London home Kensington Palace and have been the main focus for the extraordinary floral tributes of the past week.

The plan to rename Heathrow was given an unexpected boost by the Opposition leader as he arrived in Wales to campaign against the Government's devolution plans.

Mr Hague said that such a tribute to the Princess of Wales could be made quickly and easily while the Government's special committee was considering a range of memorials. …

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