Name the new Avenue Academy "The Armfield Academy."
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In 2018 a new school will open in South Shore Blackpool. It will be on the site and using the buildings and playing fields of the old Arnold School. This will be a great school for South Shore Blackpool.
The proposal is to call the new school "The Avenue Academy" after a series of local streets, but we think it should be named after our only living Freeman of the Borough of Blackpool, Jimmy Armfield. It should be called "The Armfield Academy."
Jimmy Armfield was a distinguished pupil at the old school and has lived throughout his years of fame as a footballer and as a journalist just around the corner on Stony Hill Avenue. He has not only given service to the town of Blackpool as a local and international footballer, but has also served in education, welfare and many other areas voluntarily. He has given his time freely to many local charities and causes, even playing the organ every week at his local church.
To name the new Academy after Jimmy Armfield would also be a great benefit to the new school, it would insipre local people to become involved in the school, to fully appreciate it and help make it a success. It would help make it clear that this is a real local school, a special place named after a tremendous local person who has shown real loyalty to Blackpool.
To name this school the Armfield Academy would be a very fitting and long lasting tribute. Just about everyone in Blackpool knows what Jimmy has done for the town and everyone wishes him well, particualrly at the moment.
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