I think it's not only a poor clue, but a poor answer as well. I am currently conducting a campaign against the use of girl's and boy's names in crosswords unless the clue refers to a specific person. There were several other words that would have fitted the checking letters, including bounce and lounge and even bonnie.
This particular crossword also had a B-list town and a C-list town, if I can draw a parallel with celebrities to describe East Grinstead and Sleaford. Once again, apart from the anagrams that led to the answers, there was no indication, other than the county, as to which town and some solvers have probably never heard of either or both of these places.
What do you think?