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Charity benefits from the naming of council's new HQ
4:25pm Friday 9th August 2013 in News
A CHARITY is to benefit from the naming of the new Richmondshire District Council headquarters.
The council ran a competition asking local people to come up with suggestions for the name of its new headquarters.
Sixty suggestions were made including references to the River Swale but the winning name Mercury House was put forward by Councillor Tony Pelton.
The competition carried a prize of £100 to the winner's favourite charity, and Coun Pelton elected to give it to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
"I thought Mercury House was appropriate because it is the name of the bridge nearby across the River Swale,” said Councillor Pelton who represents the Catterick Village ward.
“It has connections with Catterick Garrison and the Signals Regiment based there, and Mercury is the Greek God of Communications. A prime function of any council in its role as a community leader should be to receive and send out messages from and to those within its area, so my suggestion seemed very apt.”
"I chose the Yorkshire Air Ambulance as it recently saved my life when I had a severe stroke. It airlifted me to the James Cook University Hospital and the minutes it saved meant I could be treated by specialist stroke consultants at the hospital in double quick time.”
Mercury House will be ready for occupation by council officers in the early autumn, and once they have moved in, the Richmond Community Office will be transferred there from Dundas Street and opened immediately to the public for business.
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