17 November 2011 - 8:37am | posted by | 0 comments

Staines votes for name change to escape Ali G association

Staines votes for name change to escape Ali G associationStaines votes for name change to escape Ali G association

A town in south east England has voted by a majority of 2:1 to change its name in a bid to escape association with the infamous Sacha Baron Cohen character – Ali G.

Staines is well known as the characters hometown, a fact residents are keen to undo by naming their burgh Staines-Upon-Thames instead.

It is believed that the rebranding initiative will allow the town to escape such negative associations, bringing with it a host of economic benefits.

Alex Tribick, chairman of the Spelthrone Business Forum, led the campaign. He said: 'There’s no doubt Ali G put Staines on the map - but for all the wrong reasons. He put the stain in Staines.

'The town was derided. Despite its situation along both banks of a beautiful stretch of the river, property prices are well below average.”

A tab for tens of thousands needed for sign changes will be picked up by the local business community.

The official name change will take place on May 20.

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