Felixstowe: Seafront gardens could be renamed to celebrate Queen’s jubilee

A SEASIDE community wants to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee by renaming one of its most famous features in her honour.

It has been suggested that Felixstowe’s Spa Gardens – about to undergo a �2.76 million refurbishment – should be given a new title. Councillors want to rename the attraction the Jubilee Gardens to mark the monarch’s 60 years on the throne.

Councillor Michael Sharman suggested the town should mark the monarch’s six decades on the throne with not just a series of special events, but a permanent tribute.

“There is nothing in the town to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee or Golden Jubilee, so I think it is about time we did something and marked her Diamond Jubilee in a permanent way,” he said.

Mr Sharman suggested renaming Harper’s Field in Seaton Road as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Recreation Ground, which councillors have agreed.

Councillor Andy Smith though said the recreation ground’s future was in doubt because of the “sports hub” project at the resort, and also felt that the town could do something even bigger.

“I think the sentiment to do something is well-founded and renaming the Spa Gardens when they are refurbished would be a significant moment for the town,” he said.

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“The refurbishment of the Spa Gardens is starting in Jubilee year and will be a huge event in the life of the town and one extremely worthy of marking with a change of name to Jubilee Gardens.”

The council now needs the permission of Suffolk Coastal council, owners of both the gardens and recreation ground since 1974. It is understood an application has to be made to Buckingham Palace, too, under royal protocol.

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