Belfast Telegraph

There’s a nod and a wink to history for new Greenway names proposals

By Rebecca Black

A former east Belfast landowner who had very bushy eyebrows is to be officially written into the city's history with both a lane and a play park named after him.

Daddy Winker's Lane is one of five new names proposed by members of the public for bridges and routes in and around the newest section of the Connswater Community Greenway.

It has been put forward for a lane connecting Ladas Way to the Castlereagh Road. The name has been colloquially used in the area for some time, and is believed to be after a Mr Wilson who owned the land in the area at the start of the 20th century and had large, bushy eyebrows.

The lane to be named after him is thought to have once been located at the entrance to his estate. The local character is also to be remembered in the name Daddy Winker's Play Park at Loop River.

Another name is the Ropeworks Bridge for the structure at Connswater Shopping Centre and Retail Park - in recognition of the fact that a ropeworks once stood on that site.

Other proposals include Veterans Bridge at Alexander Road, and Dairy Lane, connecting Ladas Drive to Montgomery Road.

The proposed names will go before the people and communities committee at Belfast City Council tomorrow afternoon for agreement.

The final section of the Connswater Community Greenway opened in April, when a new cycle and walkway and a footbridge were unveiled through Connswater Retail Park, once the location of the largest ropemaker in the world.

It includes 400m of new cycle and walkway, a 20m footbridge, 600m of flood defences, street furniture including lighting, bins, benches and signage, landscaping works including semi-mature trees, bulb and shrub planting.

The route forms a 9km park alongside the Connswater, Knock and Loop Rivers from the Castlereagh Hills to Belfast Lough.

It connects CS Lewis Square at Holywood Arches, the Hollow off the Beersbridge Road where the rivers converge, Mashwiggle Way and Cregagh Glen. Another bridge in the area was named after legendary local actor Jimmy Ellis and was opened by his widow Robina and son Toto earlier this year.

CS Lewis Square was part of the investment and was transformed with the planting of 300 trees along with seven sculptures - Aslan; Maugrim; Mr and Mrs Beaver; the Robin; the White Witch, the Stone Table and Mr Tumnus - from the author's Narnia stories.

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