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The Port of Manchester has been given a new name by the UK government as part of an attempt to bring back a more traditional name for the country’s busiest port.
The Portsmouth Port Authority on Tuesday announced it will rename the Port of Newington to Portsmouth Newington, the name of a town in Hampshire where the city was founded in 1692.
“Newington is the oldest name in the United Kingdom and the name Portsmouth is a fitting and appropriate name for this iconic port, a name that is synonymous with both Portsmouth and its community,” Port Authority chairman Mike Farrar said in a statement.
The port was officially renamed Portsmouth New Town in 2019 and the new name will be officially announced on Wednesday.
Portsmouth Newtown is the town name for Newington in the county of Hampshire.
The name Portsmouth was first given in the 1770s, when the town was known as the Port.
It was renamed Portsmouth in the 18th century.
Portsmouth, home to more than 40,000 people, is a world-class maritime hub with an annual gross tonnage of about US$1.7 billion.
It is home to a number of cruise ships and the world’s largest cruise ship terminal, the Portsmouth Maritime Dockyard.
The city also boasts the world-famous Boulogne Cathedral.
The British government has been trying to change the name for decades.
In 2015, the government approved a petition by the British Library to rename Portsmouth New England to Portsmouth, a decision that was upheld by the Supreme Court in March.
A change to the name in 2019, after the petition was accepted, will see the name renamed Portsmouth.
The change is not likely to be implemented until 2021, said Farrars spokesman David McLean.
The decision to change Portsmouth’s name came after a lengthy public consultation process, which included more than 1,400 comments.
Portsmouth has been called the “new Portsmouth” by the city and is the third-largest port in the U.K. and the fifth-largest in the world, according to data from the International Transport Workers’ Federation.
“The new Portsmouth name will go down in history as one of the most memorable ports of the last century,” said Pauline Dyson, a member of the port authority board.
“We are all proud to be the Portsmouth of the 21st century, and we will do everything possible to honour that.”
The change to Portsmouth’s port name was not an easy one for many in the community.
“It’s been a hard decision to make but it has been the right thing to do,” said local resident Mark Roberts.
“I have worked for the port for my whole life and this is my community and I would like to see it come back.”
The port authority will begin taking names into consideration in 2020.