Join town tribute to Victoria Cross hero James

Lance Corporal James Ashworth
Lance Corporal James Ashworth

The people of Corby are invited to a ceremony on Saturday to rename the area outside the Cube in honour of Victoria Cross hero Lance Corporal James Ashworth.

As millions of people across the country mark Armed Forces Week, Corby will remember the 23-year-old who was killed in action in Afghanistan trying to save his comrades.

His mum Kerry said: “My family and I are overwhelmed by the love and support that we have received from our families and friends over the past year and also the people of Corby.

“To have this square named after James, especially on Armed Forces Day, is a great honour for all of us.

“James’ sacrifice in the line of duty has made him a hero to the nation but to us, as a family, he is our son, brother, uncle, boyfriend, grandson and friend who is dearly missed every day.

“The fact that our council is to honour James’ memory will make this day a very proud day for us all. I hope that we have a good turnout on such a memorable occasion.”

The ceremony will start at 10.45am and include speeches by Corby mayor Judy Caine, and a member of the Ashworth family. The new street signs will be unveiled, followed by a two-minute silence and the lowering of two flags to half mast.

Cllr Caine said: “James will always be remembered as a local hero and I feel very honoured that we can unveil James Ashworth VC Square as part of a week when Britain is paying homage to those who fight for our country.”