Call to name new roads after community greats

Jack Phillips celebrates his 90th Birthday with friends and a round of golf at Rothbury Golf Club.
Jack Phillips celebrates his 90th Birthday with friends and a round of golf at Rothbury Golf Club.

A call has been made for roads in a new north Northumberland village housing development to be named after those who have made their mark in the community.

Northumberland Estates was given planning permission for 55 new homes on land east of the Whitton View development in Rothbury, in July last year.

Work has not yet started on the site but suggestions are being made for the names of the streets.

Rothbury Coun Steven Bridgett has been backed by the Estates in a bid to pay tribute to people who have made a difference in the community.

Coun Bridgett said: “I have been working with the county council for several months now regarding the naming of the new streets, avenues, courts, lanes, drives in what we have become accustomed to calling the ‘extension to Whitton View’. “I have recommended to the team responsible at County Hall that we name at least two of the areas within the new development; one in memory of the late Jack Phillips for his record of public and military service and another to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Rothbury Highland Pipe Band.

“I intend on providing a noticeboard to accompany each of the names that explains the history behind each naming. I am pleased to say that Northumberland Estates have also endorsed this suggestion but the final say rests with Northumberland County Council.”

Jack was a well-known and much loved figure in the community. He was a soldier with the 9th Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. He fought in France and was among the Allied troops evacuated through Dunkirk in 1940.

Jack was later deployed to the Far East where he fought the Japanese at Singapore.

He became a prisoner of war at the British surrender in 1942.

Following his war years, Jack ran the village newsagents, which still carries his family name.

Jack was also forced from his home when the village suffered flooding in 2008.