Alfie bridges the street name gap!

Alfie Spence with his classmates at Christ The King and (below) work on the new road.
Alfie Spence with his classmates at Christ The King and (below) work on the new road.
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HE might be only six – but little Alfie Spence has already made a mark on his home town.

For the youngster can proudly boast he came up with the name for one of Blackpool’s newest streets.

Work on the new road.

Work on the new road.

Alfie, a Year One pupil at Christ the King Primary School on Bathurst Avenue, Grange Park, won a competition to christen a new road in Layton where houses are being built.

Town hall chiefs decided to ask children at the school to come up with their ideas for a suitable name for the housing estate, near Layton Railway Station.

Alfie came up with the name Bridge Close which will now be added to the resort’s list of addresses. The only guidance children were given was the street was near a railway.

Pupils from all age groups at the school were invited to enter the competition, with the winner chosen by the council.

Alfie said: “I’m very happy to win. It made me excited and made me smile.”

Headteacher at Christ the King Sarah Smith, said: “The competition was a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to be creative with words and extend their love of language.

“We had entries from classes across key stage one and two.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the pupils and the class teachers who supported the project. We are very proud of Alfie. He is a worthy winner.”

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for streets and transport, said the aim was to involve young people with the rejuvenation of the town.

He said: “It’s really positive we can engage children with their local area in this way. The pupils will now grow up knowing they have helped with the town’s regeneration.

“Who knows, maybe one or two of them will end up living there in the future.”

The new estate is being developed by Blackpool-based builders Thompsons Contracts Ltd and will see 19 new family properties built when it is completed in late 2013.

All the pupils who took part in the competition were each awarded with wristbands for entry to the Pleasure Beach.

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