Say hello to Flotsam and Jetsam: Bournemouth's newest double act

8 September 17 / Alex Winter/

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VISITORS to Bournemouth's seafront will now be able to spot a much-loved double act.

While Ant and Dec, French and Saunders or Fry and Laurie may not be visiting the Dorset coastline anytime soon, Flotsam and Jetsam are here to stay.

The names have been given to each of the land trains after hundreds of people entered a council-run competition.

Members of the seafront team carefully sifted through more than 600 entries before picking their winner.

Luke Watkins of the team said: “We had some really fun and inspiring entries.

"It was tricky trying to pick the winning names, but Flotsam and Jetsam worked well as a pair and it’s great to have a maritime theme in the fleet.”

Competition winners Andrew and Suzy Langley attended a formal presentation with Bournemouth's mayor and mayoress, Councillor Lawrence Williams and Mrs Elaine Williams.

Andrew, who lives in Harpenden, said: "It was a real thrill to win and a bit of a shock.

"I thought my wife was joking when she told me our names had been chosen.

"We’re not from Bournemouth, but we’ve holidayed here for more than 18 years and we always take the land train – we get a day ticket so we can travel along the prom with our two boys.

"This is really exciting for us and we can’t wait to stay in the new beach lodges."

The phrase 'flotsam and jetsam' is often used to describe 'odds and ends'.

However, properly used, the terms describe two types of marine debris associated with vessels.

Flotsam is defined as debris in the water that was not deliberately thrown overboard, often as a result from a shipwreck or accident. Jetsam describes debris that was deliberately thrown overboard by a crew of a ship in distress, most often to lighten the ship's load.

The word flotsam derives from the French word floter, to float. Jetsam is a shortened word for jettison.

Flotsam and Jetsam were also the moray eel minions of the sea witch Ursula in the Disney adaptation of The Little Mermaid.

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