Fenland leisure centre name change debacle resolved as George Campbell and Hudson return to titles

New Vision Fitness George Campbell Leisure Centre. March. Picture: Steve Williams.

New Vision Fitness George Campbell Leisure Centre. March. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Fenland’s four leisure centres will once again be known by their original names.

In January, the George Campbell Centre, Hudson Leisure Centre, Chatteris Leisure and Manor Leisure were re-named New Vision Fitness as part of a £50,000 re-branding.

The decision to remove references to George Campbell and Alan Hudson, who were the driving forces behind the leisure centres, sparked widespread outrage.

Following a consultation with the family of George Campbell, a Hudson Trust representative and Wisbech, Whittlesey and March Town Councils, dual signage will be put up outside the centres.

Of the 101 customers interviewed about this proposal, 97 were in favour.


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Councillor Michelle Tanfield said: “The original names will be displayed with equal prominence to New Vision Fitness. There will be no fading out of the old names in any shape or form.”

In addition, a board explaining the contributions of George Campbell and Alan Hudson will be displayed in the respective leisure centres.

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Councillor David Connor said: “Hopefully this will finally put the issue to bed.”

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