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New street name for Woodbridge

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

YEARS of confusion for residents has ended after they were given a new street name in honour of the community work undertaken by one of their householders.

YEARS of confusion for residents has ended after they were given a new street name in honour of the community work undertaken by one of their householders.

One of the outcomes of building the A12 Woodbridge bypass a few decades ago was the breaking up of Hasketon Road into two parts, with the bulk of the road being south-east of the dual-carriageway and close to the town centre.

That left just five houses on the Hasketon side of the A12, which caused considerable confusion for people making deliveries.

Now the residents are hoping the new name of Russell Close, after former Woodbridge mayor Russell Geen, will stamp the identity on their small section of road.

Barbara Back, formerly of Hasketon Road and now living in Russell Close, said: "To all intents and purposes there were two Hasketon Roads in Woodbridge, which lent itself to untold confusion.

"I frequently received mobile telephone calls from delivery services who are usually located somewhere in the other Hasketon Road stating that my house number did not exist.

"This name has been chosen in recognition of Russell Geen, whose family lived in number 41 since the house was built.

"It is fitting that, as local people, we should take this opportunity to recognise and reward Russell for his continuing endeavours to represent Woodbridge and promote the community spirit within Suffolk.''

Mr Geen, who lives in the house where he was born more than 70 years ago, has been a member of the town and district councils for more than 25 years.

His bungalow was built in 1927 by his father William, a railway worker who served for 49 years at Woodbridge Railway Station. Mr Geen was born a year later and he was a display manager at Grimwade's in Ipswich before his retirement.

Mr Geen is known as "Mr Woodbridge" for his knowledge of the town's recent history and his constant championing of community causes. He has been married to Joy for 47 years and she is also a stalwart of the community.

Mr Geen, mayor in 1982 and 1994 and district council chairman last year, said: "The name gives me great pleasure, it is a great honour. We had been talking about getting a new name for ages because of all the confusion."

The five houses in Hasketon Road have been renumbered as well as getting a new street name.

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