Castleford: Tickle Cock bridge to keep naughty name

Residents have won a campaign to re-name their historic bridge Tickle Cock – saying they would be offended if it was called anything else.

The landmark in Castleford, has kept locals hot under the collar for years as a fiery debate about its name raged.

The bridge has been known as Tickle Cock for more than a century as historically the underpass was a popular place for courting couples and romantic liaisons.

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But in recent years it has been referred to as Tittle Cott – the exact reason of which is unknown but possibly to censor the sexual innuendo of the original name.

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A Tittle Cott plaque was unveiled by Wakefield Council, which enraged the liberal residents of the town.

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Finally, after a campaign, a new plaque proclaiming the site as Tickle Cock was unveiled last week after an over-50s group complained the prudish name Tittle Cott was offensive.

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Castleford Area Voice for the Elderly chairman Margaret Shillito said: "The old plaque was wrong, it had the wrong name on and we were offended by it.

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"It was important to keep the name rather than having a new one just because someone decided it sounded a bit better – we still don't know why it was changed.

"We are pleased with the new plaque as Tickle Cock is how the bridge has been known for generations.

"We love the name, it's got character and history. We don't want a name there for posterity that is wrong."

It is believed the name Tittle Cott was mooted as part of plans to give the previously run-down bridge a facelift.

Local author Brian Lewis was the chairman of a public meeting which discussed the bridge's name and all but one of 21 people voted to keep the original.

He said: "I feel we should never alter names and Tickle Cock has a very clear message behind it."

Other ginnels in the area are also referred to as Tickle Cock, though none are as notorious as the busy underpass.

Castleford councillor Denise Jeffery, who unveiled the new plaque under the bridge last Thursday, said: "Some people do call it Tickle Cock and some don't, but residents have pressured us to put this plaque back to how they felt it should be."

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