Sean Connery Dead: Calls to rename key Edinburgh road in honour of city's most famous son
Calls for a fitting tribute to Sir Sean Connery, Scotland’s most famous son, were circulating within minutes of the news of his death today.
The suggestions for a tribute to Sir Sean ranged from exhibitions detailing his life to statues in his likeness.
But one early contender which seemed to attract attention was a call to rename the city’s West Approach Road in honour of the Capital’s most famous offspring.
For generations the key route had been home to the railway tracks which led to the station at the end of Princes Street, passing close to the now-demolished Fountainbridge home where Sir Sean was born in 1930.
But with the station no longer in use from the mid-60s the trackbed gave way to a new road in the early 1970 which brought drivers a speedier route into the heart of the Capital.
The West Approach Road now forms a vital transport artery into Edinburgh, passing through the city’s financial sector and delivering drivers onto Lothian Road.
One twitter user urged the leader of Edinburgh City Council. Adam McVey, to look at the idea as a fitting tribute tying the actor forever to the area.
@talkporty said; “and while we're here folks - how about @Edinburgh_CC rename the West Approach Road in Sean Connery's honour? What do you say @adamrmcvey?”
The power to rename streets lies with the local authority and, in normal circumstances, can take up to five years to process.
There were calls recently for a road in Edinburgh to be named after veteran fundraiser Tom Gilzean passed away at the age of 99.
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