OUR April Fool's Day story below tricked a few readers
into thinking a shock new European regulation would require
town names across the UK to be changed in order to more
accurately reflect their physical locations, with Burnham
becoming 'Burnham-On-River'. Fortunately, there are no such
new EU regulation may require Burnham to be renamed
could have to be renamed because of a shock new European regulation
that requires town names to more accurately reflect their physical
which is located next to the River Parrett, faces being renamed
'Burnham-On-River' since the EU classifies the town as being situated
next to a river estuary rather than an ocean, it's been confirmed.
spokeswoman Daisy O'Farlloop said: "The new EU Directive
is coming into force later this year and is aimed at making it
easier for people to understand location names. Some towns may
have to change their names as a result."
new rules would sweep away centuries of history and a Town Council
spokesperson responded today: "To say we are shocked by this
news is an understatement and we will certainly fight any move
to have the town renamed."
"While Burnham is located next to a river, we are on the
Bristol Channel estuary and we are known as being a seaside town.