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And he said the new name would help people from outside the town understand its riverside links.
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He added: "I regard Ali G as someone who put Staines on the map, we're just telling people where it is."
Councillor Colin Davis, who was behind the name change, said the town's image had needed help for some time.
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Spelthorne Borough Council hopes the change will attract more business to the town, which sits on the banks of the River Thames.
A number of local newspapers are available in Staines-upon-Thames; these include:
A border stone on the bank of the River Thames dated 1280 still remains, indicating the western limit of the City of London's jurisdiction over the Thames. Although familiarly known as the 'London Stone', it is not to be confused with the more famous – and probably more ancient – London Stone in Cannon Street in the City of London.
The town's proximity to London, Heathrow and the M25 motorway has attracted a number of companies: Bupa (healthcare), and Wood Group Kenny (Oil&Gas) have major offices here, whilst Siemens Building Automation Division and British Gas (part of Centrica) have their national headquarters here. Samsung R&D Institute UK (SRUK), Samsung's UK R&D division, is based in the town.
At the first set of traffic lights, turn left to enter the Two Rivers Retail Park. The venue is located in the West car park – free parking is available after 6pm every day.
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The name officially changed at 14:00 BST and followed a day of celebrations, including a regatta, in the town.
The main foyer is on the first floor with access by lift and escalator, and all of the screens are down one corridor off the foyer.
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The town is also home to T.S Thamesis, Staines and Egham Sea Cadet Corps. This is a uniformed youth organisation for young people aged between 10 and 18 years old. They meet at The Lammas.
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The Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Dame Sarah Goad, was responsible for officially changing the name.
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In fact it gets an unfair bad rep, so here is why Staines is actually the most underrated town in the UK.
By train: The nearest station is Staines, a 15 minute walk from the venue. Follow signs to the town centre and cross the traffic lights onto Staines High Street, which is pedestrian only.
"I think it is as pretentious as that."
Located in the Rivers Retail Park, Vue Staines has 10 screens with 2,126 seats.
Critics, including the town's football club, have labelled it "pretentious".
The name Staines derives from Middle English stanes, from Old English stānas ("stones").
By bus: For those travelling by bus, there are several bus routes stopping at Staines Bus Station, which is about a five minute walk from the shopping centre.
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He said: "It's not pretentious, it's progress and the fact of the matter is there was a public consultation that returned with a two to one majority in favour of a change."
Staines Boat Club is in immediately across the bridge in Egham Hythe and competes at a national level.
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From Staines High Street, take any right turn to enter Two Rivers Retail Park.
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