And Finally

No bridge for Kurt Cobain, but two streets for Pete Best

By | Published on Friday 29 July 2011

Kurt Cobain

City Council officials in Kurt Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen, Washington have ruled 10-1 against renaming the city’s Young Street Bridge in his honour. Cobain immortalised the bridge in the song ‘Something In The Way’, and legend has it (reportedly falsely) that he slept rough under it in his teens.

According to local radio station KXRO, although the move was popular with many in the audience at Wednesday’s council meeting, some raised concerns about creating a memorial to Cobain, due to his drug use, suicide and negative comments about the town. They did, however, agree to rename a small piece of land on the Wishkah River the Cobain Landing.

Former Beatles drummer Pete Best faired better this week, after Liverpool City Council moved to name a street after him and another after The Casbah Club, which was the centre of the Merseybeat scene, and run by his mother Mona. The streets will be named Pete Best Drive and Casbah Close.

Speaking to the BBC, Pete Best said: “I feel very humbled, very flattered and very honoured that the city of Liverpool, council members and the people of Liverpool have thought to honour me in such a fantastic way”.