In period costumes and amid antique cars, in August the residents of Saltair celebrated the centenary of their community’s naming by the E & N Railway.
In 1910 the railway decided to change its stop from what was known as the Old Plantation to a point farther north. It needed a name for the community which would host this new stop so held a name-the-train-stop contest.
Eleanor Southin, wife of the Ladysmith postmaster, had visited the town of Saltaire in England and thought the name very suitable for this new train stop. Her submission – minus the ‘e’ at the end – won and the community around that train stop has been Saltair ever since.