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(l-r) Gordon Oliver, Elected Mayor of Torbay; Angie and Martin Cairns-Sharp; Councillor John Hart, Leader of Devon County Council.
Competition winners named
Wednesday, 02/03/2016

The winners of the competition to name the South Devon Highway have been announced.

Angie and Martin Cairns-Sharp from Dartmouth, and Stephanie Cherrett from Newton Abbot, both chose ‘South Devon Highway’ as the name for the new the 5.5km dual carriageway.

Two of the winners attended the official opening ceremony last week, when the South Devon Highway was officially opened by Roads Minister Andrew Jones.

The competition launched the competition in 2015, asking the community to suggest ideas for the official name of the road. Over 1000 entries were received from across the country and the name was chosen at a special panel meeting in the summer.

Angie and Martin Cairns-Sharp said: "We were really excited to be invited to the official opening and it was great to engage with the people who had made this fantastic project happen.

“It was particularly rewarding to speak to the Minister on the positive impact the South Devon Highway was already having on the wider local area and of course on tourism.

“Running a small Bed & Breakfast and being a volunteer director of the tourist information centre in Dartmouth we felt passionately that the road name should be inclusive and reflect the wider area that the new road is so positively impacting and of course at the same time taking the opportunity to promote South Devon.”

“We are immensely proud to have a small link to this fantastic legacy for the region and will enjoy regularly using the road along with our many visitors."

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