WHAT’S in a name?
Quite a lot it would seem.
Dawn McManus, or Mrs Dreams, as she is now known, has had her name officially changed – to one that is 161 words long.
The 41-year-old, who runs Hartlepool-based talent-nurturing agency Red Dreams with her husband Ian, 42, has received her official certificate to mark the astounding change.
Her new name, which could be the world’s longest, begins and ends with Red Dreams and features the 79 names of acts and young people registered with the organisation.
It is so long that it is printed on both sides of the A4 certificate.
Describing living with her new monicker, she said: “It’s very odd, obviously.
“Everybody still calls me Dawn, but it’s strange.
“People say ‘what do I call you?’ and I say ‘you have 79 to choose from!’”
It took her 20 minutes to write out her new full name, and even then she had to copy it from Legal Deed Poll Service documents.
Dawn admitted it could be a bit embarrassing if she is ever in a doctor’s surgery or a dentist when her new name “Red Dreams” is called out.
But the former teacher, who set up the Whitby Street South-based charity with husband Ian after their talented arts student son Kyle died from a brain tumour in 2007, said she is proud to be the physical embodiment of the charity.
She took on the unusual venture in a bid to raise awareness of the cause and to raise charity funds, racking up £1,125 to date.
Dawn said she has three months to notify agencies like the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) of her new name, but hopefully it will be shortened to Red Dreams.
She added: “I could change it later, but I don’t know whether I would want to or not.
“But I quite like the idea of being the embodiment of the name of the charity, because it’s so personal I would be quite honoured.”
Ian says he has come to terms with his wife losing his McManus surname.
He said: “I think she’s a little bit crazy anyway, but it’s all for a good cause.
“I just call her Red now.
“It’s funny – I keep trying to get her to sign her name but she won’t.”
Tina Clough, spokeswoman for the Legal Deed Poll Service, said: “We have processed a number of crazy name changes to date, but this is the longest one on record.”
To sponsor Dawn’s name change, visit www.justgiving.com/red-dreams-namechange