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Residents in Lorimar Court, Sonora Fields, Sittingbourne, highlight problem with street signage

By Andy Gray

Another road name in the Sittingbourne area appears to be out of sync with the English dictionary.

Following our report last week that revealed a misspelling of a street in Iwade, a sign in Sonora Fields seems to be one letter shy of being correct.

For nearly 11 years, Lorimar Court residents Cliff and Keeley Ebelthite had not given the name of their road a second thought.

The Lorimar Court road sign
The Lorimar Court road sign

That was until about 18 months ago when the pair realised its monicker, along with other streets in the area, referred to a precious stone.

Not having heard of a gem called Lorimar, Cliff inevitably took to Google for information on its origins.

He discovered there was a blue stone called Larimar, making their road name an “A” away from being the real, precious deal.

Another offending road sign in Iwade
Another offending road sign in Iwade

The couple kept this minor piece of misinformation to themselves until the revelation last week about a road on a new housing development in Iwade being called “Purple Emporer Court”, rather than Purple “Emperor” Court.

Keeley, 40, said: “I think too much time’s passed for our road name to be corrected now.

“Plus, it would mean everyone having to change their postal address. Anyway, if you live here, it’s probably easier to say Lorimar, than Larimar.”

She added: “We only decided to bring it to people’s attention after reading last week’s story about the sign in Iwade.”

Swale council has yet to explain itself about either literary faux pas – if indeed it’s at fault for the errors.

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