Corby square could be named after town’s hero soldier

A parade held last month outside the Cube, Corby, to commemorate the Victoria Cross being awarded to  Lance Corporal James Ashworth. The area could be renamed James Ashworth VC Square
A parade held last month outside the Cube, Corby, to commemorate the Victoria Cross being awarded to Lance Corporal James Ashworth. The area could be renamed James Ashworth VC Square
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The area outside the Cube in Corby could be renamed James Ashworth VC Square in honour of the young soldier from the town who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

Lance Corporal Ashworth, 23, who served with the 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards, died in June last year as he protected the lives of his comrades in a battle with Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

Corby councillors have agreed that the open area outside the Cube should be renamed James Ashworth VC Square, subject to discussions with the former Lodge Park Academy pupil’s family and their consent.

The move, if approved, would answer calls from Corby residents for a permanent memorial to the young soldier in the town.

A council spokesman said: “We are now liaising with Lance Corporal Ashworth’s family regarding consent and timings.”