Don't mess with our butthole, say residents
(South Yorkshire) Residents in Conisburgh have forked out £300 to change the name of their street from Butt Hole Road to Archers Way.
Families in the four-house street say they were fed up with having endless bare bottoms photographed by the sign, having to replace it when it was nicked by pranksters and, well, being the butt of the jokes.
But, in the county town of Shepshed, home to a Butthole Lane, residents say changing the name of their infamous road would be like turning their backs on history.
Bill Hutchinson, who was born and bred in Shepshed and is now chairman of the parish council, said anyone wanting to re-name the lane would be "laughed out of court."
The 77-year-old said: "It is part of the tradition of Shepshed. Everybody that is a Shepshedian by birth has happy memories of Butthole Lane.
"It is a permanent fixture, I would hope, for centuries to come, and anyone proposing to change it would be laughed out of court."
According to the history books, Butthole Lane is where men went to practice their archery skills in Tudor times. Butt means target.
Mr Hutchinson's views are also shared by Andy MacMillan, director of football at Shepshed Dynamo FC.
The team's Dovecote stadium sits proudly on Butthole Lane, and while Mr MacMillan acknowledges it is something of a talking point, and also forms part of a lurid chant on the terraces, it's just a bit of schoolboy humour that the club would not want to lose.
He said: "It certainly provokes plenty of humour among visiting supporters when they look to see where they are playing and there are always supporters posing in front of the sign.
"It is a talking point, but a positive talking point. The origins are far removed from the modern meaning of the word.
"It certainly does not cause any embarrassment as far as we are concerned."
As for the road's residents they do not have a problem with it either.
Elsie Molyneux, 92, who has lived there for more than 10 years, said: "I am quite happy with it. I think old names are nice to have.
"That name is there for a reason, and just because meanings change does not mean the name of the road should."