Lasting tribute to the late Mr Corby

Unveiling the new Jimmy Kane Way road sign are the late councillor's daughter Carol-Anne Kane and  council leader Tom Beattie
Unveiling the new Jimmy Kane Way road sign are the late councillor's daughter Carol-Anne Kane and council leader Tom Beattie

The road leading to Steel Park, the home of Corby Town Football Club, has been officially named Jimmy Kane Way, in tribute to the late councillor and dedicated supporter of the Steelmen.

Mr Kane, fondly known as Mr Corby, died in 2007 aged 81.

The unveiling of the new road sign was performed by Mr Kane’s daughter Carol-Anne and leader of Corby Council Tom Beattie.

Mr Kane was chairman of Corby Town Football Club and played a prominent role in the community, particularly through his involvement with Pen Green Children’s Centre and Lakelands Hospice.

He became a borough councillor in 1961 and gave 46 years of dedication to the people of Corby.

He also served as a county councillor and was the authority’s leader from 1981 to 1985 and from 1996 until 1998, as well as serving as leader of the Labour group from 1979 to 2000.

In 2002 he was awarded the CBE and a month before he died, in April 2007, he was given the highest honour in Corby when he was made a Freeman of the Borough.

Corby councillor and a close friend of Mr Kane, Mark Pengelly, said: “Jimmy was an asset to the town and is missed by everybody.

“We have been trying to get this street renamed for a while now and are pleased we can commemorate Jimmy in such a permanent way.

“Jimmy was a big part of the football club for years and years, and was always moving it forward. Without his input throughout the years it wouldn’t be the club it is today.”

Mr Kane, a former boxer, was a steel union activist and also served as a worker director with the British Steel Corporation.

He was the founder of Pen Green Children’s Centre and served as a school governor.