Surprising visitors to boost Sussex tourism

The Argus: Ho Chi Minh once worked on the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry Ho Chi Minh once worked on the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry

A communist Vietnamese leader could be used to bring more tourists to Newhaven.

The council is planning to put banners around the town publicising its links with famous figures with Ho Chi Minh perhaps the most surprising.

The military leader is said to have once worked on the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry as a pastry chef.

And the man they renamed Saigon after is not the only one from the annals of Newhaven’s history.

Another famous visitor was Edward Gibbon, who wrote part of his famous book The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire while staying with his uncle and aunt in Newhaven.

And Charles Allen, the man who infamously broke the bank at Monte Carlo, lived in Fort Road, though this was only after he had been thrown out of the now closed London and Paris Hotel for bad behaviour.

And King Louis Philippe of France landed at Newhaven in 1848 after losing his throne, an event re-enacted last year by the town’s historical society.

Faces and facts

The new soundbites, as they are being called by the council, will replace out-of-date banners in the town centre.

As well as links to famous people, other little-known facts could be used, such as the fact that the River Ouse flowed into the sea at Seaford until a big storm in 1579.

Town clerk Stephen Meah-Sims said: “We’re committed to sprucing up the town and making people more proud of it.”

The council has not yet decided which facts and phrases will be used.

Tony Helyar, the secretary of Newhaven Historical Society, welcomed the scheme, but added some of the stories may be more fiction than fact.

He said: “The Ho Chi Minh tale is a generally accepted story, but I’ve never been quite sure about it.”

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5:21pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Chris_K says...

For goodness sake Argus, please employ some sub-editors to check the spelling in your articles !

Look at the heading of this piece then rename it using the correct spelling:

Surprising, not surpising.

Thanks.
For goodness sake Argus, please employ some sub-editors to check the spelling in your articles ! Look at the heading of this piece then rename it using the correct spelling: Surprising, not surpising. Thanks. Chris_K

5:47pm Tue 12 Feb 13

cvs says...

Maybe the reporter is trying to talk like a Chinese although I'd have put SURPWISING personally
Maybe the reporter is trying to talk like a Chinese although I'd have put SURPWISING personally cvs

9:13pm Tue 12 Feb 13

inadaptado says...

cvs wrote:
Maybe the reporter is trying to talk like a Chinese although I'd have put SURPWISING personally
I honestly don't know what's worse, whether the spelling mistakes or the bad puns.
[quote][p][bold]cvs[/bold] wrote: Maybe the reporter is trying to talk like a Chinese although I'd have put SURPWISING personally[/p][/quote]I honestly don't know what's worse, whether the spelling mistakes or the bad puns. inadaptado

8:21am Wed 13 Feb 13

Crystal Ball says...

Could Newhaven be the new Saigon?
Could Newhaven be the new Saigon? Crystal Ball

11:50am Wed 13 Feb 13

Dealing with idiots says...

Crystal Ball wrote:
Could Newhaven be the new Saigon?
I love the smell of incinerator in the morning.
[quote][p][bold]Crystal Ball[/bold] wrote: Could Newhaven be the new Saigon?[/p][/quote]I love the smell of incinerator in the morning. Dealing with idiots

12:34pm Wed 13 Feb 13

keeshond8 says...

Crystal Ball wrote:
Could Newhaven be the new Saigon?
Or rather "Miss Saigon" - in other words don't go near Newhaven.
Meanwhile, it's worth remembering that Ho Chi Minh, fighting from Hanoi in the north, was actually at war with Saigon in the south. As mentioned in the article, today Ho Chi Minh City is also known as Saigon, although (confusingly for most pub quizzers), the capital of Vietnam is actually Hanoi. There's the "soundbite", although I doubt anyone can be encouraged to visit Newhaven until it has redeveloped its town centre, harbour and quayside.
[quote][p][bold]Crystal Ball[/bold] wrote: Could Newhaven be the new Saigon?[/p][/quote]Or rather "Miss Saigon" - in other words don't go near Newhaven. Meanwhile, it's worth remembering that Ho Chi Minh, fighting from Hanoi in the north, was actually at war with Saigon in the south. As mentioned in the article, today Ho Chi Minh City is also known as Saigon, although (confusingly for most pub quizzers), the capital of Vietnam is actually Hanoi. There's the "soundbite", although I doubt anyone can be encouraged to visit Newhaven until it has redeveloped its town centre, harbour and quayside. keeshond8

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