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Heavy West Country support for Olympian road name campaign

There is a lot of support for a campaign launched to get a new road in Yeovil named after Olympian rower Heather Stanning, who won a gold medal yesterday (Wednesday) in the women's pairs.

There is a big debate taking place on ITV Westcountry's Facebook page and Twitter page -

@ITVWestCountry

Our home girl did us proud so yeah too right she should have a road named after her and there's no better place than her home town.

– Terrie Pixie Baker

It's a great idea. What an honour for a gold medallist winning rower to have a street named after herself in her home town of Yeovil!

– Louise Loughlin

Great idea ... where do we join/sign? Fantastic achievement and a fantastic idea!

– Gema Saunders

The campaign was launched by Somerset councillor Jon Gleeson, who thought it would be a fitting honour for the Olympian in her home town.

Facebook campaign gathers support for Olympian honour

A campaign to get a road named after Olympic gold medallist Heather Stanning is gathering pace. It's the idea of a Somerset councillor who says there should be a permanent recognition of the rower's achievements in her home-town of Yeovil.

I have no doubt we could find a suitable road to put in place a small recognition of this fantastic achievement. And who knows, the successes we have seen at London 2012 may one day inspire another Yeovil resident to go for gold! I need as many people as possible to support the Facebook campaign so we can demonstrate public support for the idea. I will also speak to the Mayor of Yeovil to ask for his support and that of the town council.

– COUNCILLOR JON GLEESON

You can join the group by searching ‘Lets get a road named after Yeovil gold medallist Heather Stanning’ on Facebook.

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Calls for Yeovil Olympian to have road named in her honour

There are calls today for a road in Yeovil to be named in honour of rower Heather Stanning who was born in the town. Stanning won Britain's first gold medal of the Games alongside Helen Glover from Penzance yesterday (Wednesday).

A Facebook campaign has now been launched by councillor Jon Gleeson. With big housing developments planned for the town he says there is 'plenty' of opportunity to name a new road 'Stanning Row'.

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