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Burry Port man on mission to find Elkington Roads

By Llanelli Star  |  Posted: May 28, 2014

Emyr Phillips, of Burry Port, has made it his mission to visit every location which has an Elkington Road across the UK.

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A Burry Port resident is so proud of his Elkington Road address that he is planning to visit every street with the same name across the country.

Emyr Phillips has made it his mission to visit every location which has an Elkington Road across the UK.

The local tour manager, who has lived at his address for the past 12 years, stumbled across the idea during a recent visit to London.

Mr Phillips said: "I had a coach trip to London last week and we were staying in the Docklands area.

"I had been doing my homework and I had my London A-Z guide with me.

"After looking at the map the Elkington Road street name just jumped right out at me."

After realising that the all-too-familiar address was very near to where the group was staying he decided to visit the street.

"I went for a walk about and went down this road. And I looked up at the first-floor level and found the Elkington Road name."

After making the discovery Mr Phillips decide to see how many other Elkington Roads were in Britain. And the answer he said, suprised him.

"Only three," he said. "There are Elkington Streets, but only three Elkington Roads."

After finding the address on search engine Google, he found one in Newham, London, along with the "famous" address in Burry Port.

So far he has visited both of these locations, and now admits he is hoping to visit the last in Velvertoft, Rugby.

He added: "I have got to do it in the future, fingers crossed.

"It's a box I must tick."

His mission to visit the addresses has also seen him learn more about the famous namesake — the Elkington family.

And his research brought up some very interesting facts.

"The family made the cutlery for the Titanic," he said. "They also built St Mary's Church in Burry Port.

"If you walk around London's streets and look at the manhole covers you will also notice the name Elkington.

"They made these covers and also lots of the ones in Swansea too.

"It's incredible."

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