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Bob’s street hits stumbling block

Calls have been repeated to name a street after Bob Holness; right, an idea for the design of the sign
Calls have been repeated to name a street after Bob Holness; right, an idea for the design of the sign

Friends of Blockbusters host Bob Holness are still holding out for a street tribute to him. Calls were made for a road to commemorate the life of Mr Holness, even before he died, by Ashford Cllr Michael Claughton. Council rules at the time forbade the naming of roads after people who were still living, although this has now changed. After Mr Holness’s death in January 2012, Alastair Dutch, president of Find A Voice, a charity of which Mr Holness was a patron, made a formal request to Ashford Borough Council that a road should be named in his honour. But three years later the dream has not become a reality. This week Cllr Claughton said:

“He was a man who never forgot his roots. He loved coming back to Ashford, and people don’t forget it. His name is still on the agenda. It would be a nice touch to remember him. Ideally somewhere close to the town centre. Somewhere individual. If we wait for the right moment and right spot, it will mean a lot.”

Bob Holness played James Bond on South African radio
Bob Holness played James Bond on South African radio

Mr Holness, who grew up in Birling Road, Willesborough, passed away peacefully in his sleep aged 83. He is probably known best for presenting student quiz show Blockbuster. Mr Dutch knew Mr Hothess for 20 years and described him as a “dear friend”. He said:

“He would come and open school fetes and was the first patron of Find A Voice.”

It has now been two years since Mr Dutch made a formal request to the council that a road be named in Mr Holness’ honour. Mr Dutch added:

“We put in the request shortly after Bob died. I am a bit frustrated it is taking as long as it is.”

Herne Bay Gazette, April 23rd 2015

Bob as a schoolboy in Kent
Bob as a schoolboy in Kent
Bob as host of Blockbusters
Bob as host of Blockbusters

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