New road sign honours war hero Jack Audas

South Kesteven District Council has corrected the Audas Place road sign in Stamford, which was spelled wrong previously.  From left, Allen Audas and his wife Jan, South Kesteven District Council head of development and growth Mark Williets and  South Kesteven District Council portfolio holder for economic development and planning policy councillor Frances Cartwright.'Photo: MSMP140513-014ow
South Kesteven District Council has corrected the Audas Place road sign in Stamford, which was spelled wrong previously. From left, Allen Audas and his wife Jan, South Kesteven District Council head of development and growth Mark Williets and South Kesteven District Council portfolio holder for economic development and planning policy councillor Frances Cartwright.'Photo: MSMP140513-014ow

The family of a war hero are delighted that a road sign put up in his honour has been replaced with his name spelled correctly.

The road sign in Audas Place, Stamford, was put up in November to commemorate Jack Audas, a Stamford man who died in 1942 aged 22 while serving on the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes. But the sign had been spelled Audus.

Now South Kesteven District Council has corrected the error and the new sign is in place.

The district council consulted the 19 residents on the street before changing the sign and has provided them with change of address cards.

It has also changed the address on Royal Mail’s postcode database, informed other authorities and ammended the name in the Land and Property Gazetteer.

Jack Audas’ newphew Allen Audas, who is known as Algie, thanked the district council officers who had worked hard to change the sign.

He added: “We are very proud that my uncle is now remembered in such a way and this is a lasting legacy to his bravery.”

Portfolio holder for economic development Frances Cartwright (Con) contacted residents herself to help resolve the error.

She said: “The family brought the error to our attention and I felt very strongly that this brave young man deserved the correct spelling of his name.

“We have sought to make the transition as smooth as possible and have agreed to look at any additional costs involved such as change of house name signs, on an individual basis.

“I am delighted we have managed to correct things to everyone’s satisfaction, in particular the Audas family.”