Tuesday, 27 March 2012

The motorcade sped on

Jackie Onassis Walk

I've been reading the minute books of the Gainsborough Urban District Council from 1962 to 1965, tracing the development of the Middlefield Lane estate, and was amused to find that a Housing Committee meeting in December 1963 considered calling the estate 'The Kennedy Estate' as a tribute to JFK after his assassination. The committee decided however that ‘no action be taken on this suggestion but that the use of the late President’s name be borne in mind when the naming of future recreation grounds or housing estates is under consideration'. It would always be a bit of a stretch - from Dallas to a half completed council estate in rural Lincolnshire - but those were the times, it seems, the energy, the faith ...

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