Waterlooville’s new £1m pub to keep its controversial name

HISTORIC The Denmead Queen
HISTORIC The Denmead Queen
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PUB giant Wetherspoon has refused to change the name of its new venue despite opposition from traders.

Company officials said they were happy with The Denmead Queen to be the name of the new £1m pub set to open in November in London Road, Waterlooville.

As reported, the name was chosen for its historical links as The Denmead Queen was a bus that ran through Waterlooville in the 1920s and 30s.

But Waterlooville Business Association was worried it could cause confusion as many people would not remember the bus – and some could even mistake it for a gay pub.

Now, following a letter from the business association, Wetherspoon has said it is sticking with the name.

The firm has, however, agreed to include some information on Herbert Marshall, a well-known Waterlooville photographer who the business association wanted the pub to be named after.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: ‘Wetherspoon will ensure there is some information on Herbert Marshall within the pub, however we are happy with the name chosen and we will be keeping it.’

Janet Johnston, secretary of the business association, said: ‘What a shame.

‘I have spoken to a few of the traders and they wanted it to be more local.

‘It’s annoying really that they did not talk to anyone in the town about it.’