Southend’s own Skywalker can’t use her Jedi powers on passport office evil empire

Southend’s own Skywalker can’t use her Jedi powers on passport office evil empire

Southend’s own Skywalker can’t use her Jedi powers on passport office evil empire

First published in Local News

A WOMAN who changed her middle name by deed poll to “Skywalker” as a joke has been told by the Home Office she cannot change her name on her passport.

Laura “Skywalker” Matthews, 29, from Southend, changed her name by deed poll in 2008.

Passport bosses have refused to amend her signature to L.Skywalker saying it infringes a trademark.

Ms Matthews added “Skywalker” after joking with friends and says she has never had a problem with changing her name on official documents before.

A Home Office spokesman said it “will not recognise a change to a name which is subject to copyright or trademark”.

He added: “We have a duty to ensure the reputation of the UK passport is not called into question or disrepute.” Ms Matthews said: “It’s on my driving licence, my bank cards, everything. Everyone else is happy with that signature, apart from passport office.”

Ms Matthews will now have to submit a new passport form with her old signature.

But she is allowed to keep her new name on the document.

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1:25pm Thu 31 Jul 14

The King of Southend says...

Southend airport.

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
Southend airport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. The King of Southend
  • Score: -4

1:28pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Thames Gateway says...

The King of Southend wrote:
Southend airport.

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
Three, two, one, back in the room...
[quote][p][bold]The King of Southend[/bold] wrote: Southend airport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.[/p][/quote]Three, two, one, back in the room... Thames Gateway
  • Score: 4

2:29pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Nebs says...

She will have great fun when she goes abroad and checks into an hotel, and they ask for a passport and credit card. Try to convince them that the two different names are both you.
She will have great fun when she goes abroad and checks into an hotel, and they ask for a passport and credit card. Try to convince them that the two different names are both you. Nebs
  • Score: -2

3:26pm Thu 31 Jul 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

Where is the reference to the airport? I've missed it.
Where is the reference to the airport? I've missed it. GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 4

5:02pm Thu 31 Jul 14

n-unknown says...

Since when did the Home Office become the Intellectual Property Office?

Stupid/funny/strange
/pointless as the name change may be, a persons name is simply their name, not a trademark.
Since when did the Home Office become the Intellectual Property Office? Stupid/funny/strange /pointless as the name change may be, a persons name is simply their name, not a trademark. n-unknown
  • Score: 2

7:12am Fri 1 Aug 14

Bosniavet says...

Old news Echo, this was reported nationally earlier this week - at the time I wondered why my local newspaper hadn't picked it up.
Old news Echo, this was reported nationally earlier this week - at the time I wondered why my local newspaper hadn't picked it up. Bosniavet
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