Road name leaves a lasting legacy for soldier killed in Afghanistan
20 February 2015
A road on a new housing estate in Hemlington has been named after a soldier who died in Afghanistan.
The road is named in honour of Corporal Andrew Roberts, from Hemlington, who died in Helmand Province in 2012 when hit by enemy mortar fire.
His family alongside friends, comrades and representatives from Middlesbrough Council and Persimmon Homes were in attendance to witness the official unveiling of the road name.
Andrew’s mother, Pauline Roberts, said: “Andrew grew up in Hemlington. He lived here throughout his life so it makes me proud that this street is named after him.”
The request for the road name was made to Middlesbrough Council by Hemlington councillors Nicky Walker and Jeanette Walker. Agreement on the name and location was then reached between Middlesbrough Council and Persimmon Homes.
The Mayor of Middlesbrough, Ray Mallon, said: “I can’t think of a greater sacrifice than a soldier laying down their life for their country and that is exactly what Corporal Roberts did.
“This has been a traumatic experience for Stephen and Pauline Roberts, the parents of Andrew, and I know that they get great comfort from the support they have received. Today’s memorial assists with them coming to terms with their tragic loss.”
Neil Foster, managing director for Persimmon Homes Teesside, said: “We are delighted to be involved with this fitting tribute as it’s important for us to support the local community. I hope other developers follow the lead we have collectively taken to recognise these fallen soldiers.”