An A in Wisbech he did put, Shot himself right in the foot

16:47 09 November 2012

Council leader Alan Melton, county councillor Steve Count, Sir Graham Bright, Steve Barclay MP, county councillor Samantha Hoy and county councillor Steve Tierney. All in the

Council leader Alan Melton, county councillor Steve Count, Sir Graham Bright, Steve Barclay MP, county councillor Samantha Hoy and county councillor Steve Tierney. All in the 'Wisbeach' line on Sir Graham's website.


GOOGLE has about 333,000 ‘hits’ for the word ‘Wisbeach’ and some of these will refer you to places such as Wisbeach Road, Croydon or Little Wisbeach in Lincolnshire.

But as of this week Google will provide a fresh reference to Wisbeach – the town where Sir Graham Bright, a former MP, former aide to John Major, and now police commissioner candidate recently visited.

He was accompanied by luminaries such as Steve Barclay, the MP for NE Cambs, and Fenland Council leader Alan Melton.

There were, of course, Wisbech councillors there but no one from Little Wisbeach or from Croydon either!

Whether Sir Graham will discover which of his campaign committed this misspelling crime remains to be seen.

Meanwhile his campaign- and that of six others- continues until polling day, next Thursday.

Sir Graham promises on his website that if elected he will “listen to what the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough actually want. He will represent the whole of Cambridgeshire – north, south, east and west, city, urban and rural.”

But not Little Wisbeach or Wisbeach Road, Croydon.

The blooper has attracted the mirth of many on twitter.

When I tweeted the error earlier one wag – a retired teacher from Wisbech- thought it “wonderful, wonderful, thrice wonderful. It’s like an Advent Calendar - every day a fresh gift.”


  • That would be because Whittlesea station was around before Whittlesey altered the spelling by changing it from an a to a y. It keeps the history of Whittlesey by having that spelling

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  • While we're on the subject of correctly spelling placenames, why do the railway companies insist on spelling Whittlesey as "Whittlesea"???

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