ABOUT time too. We have consistently argued that the borough should change its name from Hyndburn to Accrington and District, at one time stoutly resisting calls to change our own name to the Hyndburn Observer.
The name Hyndburn was an untidy compromise brought about in 1974 because proud towns like Oswaldtwistle and Great Harwood feared being taken over by Big Brother Accrington, just as today we look warily at Big Brother Blackburn.
But surely attitudes have changed in the last 33 years.
These days, when it is so important to attract investment, businesses and retail outlets to the borough, corporate identity and image is all-important.
How many of us have met with blank stares when we tell people we are from Hyndburn, to be replaced with instant recognition when we amend that to Accrington?
We hope people support this bold plan which will give great rewards for hardly any cost.
Be proud of your own towns with their smart new crests and proud to be part of Greater Accrington, the home of Accrington Stanley, the Accrington Pals, Accrington Brick and, yes, the Accrington Observer.