Via Annie Mole: Islington campaigners have reached a minor milestone in their attempts to get Archway station renamed Whittington. Boris Johnson has thrown his weight behind the campaign, which is seeking to end decades of Archway's association with Suicide Bridge and a grim Sixties tower block (pictured), and tap instead into the tale of Dick Whittington, who spun on his bootheels back to London upon hearing the Bow Bells while shlepping up nearby Highgate Hill. Despite the intervention of Islington's blondest resident, campaigners are unlikely to succeed in their mission. TfL are notoriously reluctant to drag their stations down the deed poll office; last year's addition of the work 'Market' to Shepherd's Bush station on the Hammersmith & City line was the first name change in nearly twenty years, and was only done to differentiate the station from its Central line namesake. This Whittington whimsy will fall on the same deaf ears as efforts to rebrand Aldgate East as Brick Lane, Shoredtich as Banglatown, and Arsenal as Gillepsie Road..
Last Updated 28 August 2009