Surprise for Eric as Dover village road named after popular centenarian

Contributed by editor on Nov 09, 2018 - 03:10 PM

Photo: Dover District Council


Aylesham’s oldest resident, 101 year old Eric Buckle, is to have a road on the Garden Village housing development named after him.

Earlier this week, Eric, with his wife Doris, 91, and close friends, pictured above, visited the Persimmon Homes sales offices in Dorman Avenue North to see one of the road’s signs for himself.

They were greeted by Dover District Council Chairman Cllr Sue Chandler, Aylesham Parish Council Chairman Cllr Jo Cartledge, and Persimmon staff.

Persimmon Homes is currently building properties on what will become Buckle Drive and these are expected to be completed in spring 2019.


A respected and well-liked figure in the village, Eric said: “I’m very pleased and feel proud to have a road named after me – it’s very special. The news was a great surprise when I was told about it.”

Cllr Sue Chandler said: “The council is delighted to be able to honour Mr Buckle in this way. He is one of Aylesham’s best known and longest-standing residents, who has served the community well over the years.”

First parish clerk

Eric was Aylesham’s first parish council clerk, a role he held for nearly half a century until 2001. He arrived in the village as a teenager in 1932 in the sidecar of his dad’s motorbike. Soon after, he was working in the Snowdown Colliery offices looking after miners’ wages and holiday pay.

Around 530 homes on the Aylesham Garden Village development are now occupied out of a total of 1,210. The site is a joint development between Persimmon Homes, Barratt Homes and Dover District Council.

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