LOCALS TICKLED PINK AS BRIDGERETAINS ITS COCKY NAME

From THE TELEGRAPH:

A Victorian landmark has been recognised by its traditional risqué name after locals were offended by a council’s politically correct alternative. The railway underpass has been known as Tickle Cock bridge to generations of courting couples in Castleford, West Yorkshire. But it proved a source of embarrassment for civic leaders before a regeneration scheme which was filmed as part of a Channel 4 television series. In an attempt to spare blushes, a council official suggested it was called Tittle Cott bridge and a plaque bearing the sanitised name was erected.

Castleford Area Voice for the Elderly, an over 50s group in the town, took exception to the re-writing of history and went into battle. It has now won its fight with Wakefield district council installing a replacement plaque bearing the words Tickle Cock.

Margaret Shillito, the group’s chairman, said: “It was important to keep the name rather than having a new one just because someone decided it sounded a bit better. Tickle Cock is how the bridge has been known for generations. We love the name, it has got character and history. We don't want a name there for posterity that is wrong.”

Councillor Hugh Todger, responsible for the sanitised erection, said that, although he normally managed to rise to the occasion, this dispute had left him feeling quite limp.

Thanks to Themethatisme for sending this tale of North Country ribaldry into MadPriest Towers.

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LOCALS TICKLED PINK AS BRIDGERETAINS ITS COCKY NAME — 4 Comments

  1. Have they no sense of history? What’s next? Will Intercourse become “Home Run”, Pennsylvania?

  2. I think the sanitised name sounds much dirtier than the real one.
    Good on the old folks(of which I am one).
    Love your take on Mr. Todger.
    Oh wait, is “Mr. Todger” a metaphor too? I’m always looking for new ones.

  3. Ditto Susan.

    I was disappointed when they renamed the town of “Gay Head” as “Aquinnah” on Martha’s Vineyard some years ago. One can only hope the new name means something dirty in a Native American language.