Road name 'would honour soldiers'

A petition has been launched to rename a country road Highway of Heroes in honour of the soldiers whose bodies are carried along it on their final journey.

As soldiers are brought along the A3102 from RAF Lyneham to Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire, hundreds of people can often be seen lining the streets to pay their respects.

Ex-Para George Ryan now wants the road to be given the new name and a petition he started is on the 10 Downing Street website.

The men and women whose bodies have been taken along the three-mile stretch of road have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr Ryan said that renaming the road would honour the military who have given their lives in the service of their country.

The idea came from Canada, where last year a road between an Ontario air base and Toronto was also given the name Highway of Heroes.

James Gray, Conservative MP for North Wiltshire, has refused to sign the petition.

He said: "While I very much respect the feelings that lie behind this online petition, my personal view is that if you change the street name it takes attention away from the soldiers and turns it onto the town itself. That's not what it should be about."

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