Town’s new mayor is looking forward to role

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Wellingborough’s new mayor looking forward to his year in office.

Cllr Ken Harrington has been announced as the town’s mayor for the next year and will be officially sworn in to his new position on Tuesday, May 15.

Cllr Harrington replaces the departing mayor Cllr Bob Patel, who has held the position for the past year.

Cllr Harrington said: “It is a great honour to serve as mayor and I am particularly proud to be representing the borough during such a special time as Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting so many different people and organisations and helping everyone celebrate such a magnificent occasion.

“I’m especially keen to work with local schools, who will undoubtedly have planned something special, and to meet the children who will help shape the future of Wellingborough.”

Cllr Harrington’s chosen charities for the year are the Cardiac Centre at Kettering General Hospital and the Pravasi Mandel Day Centre in Wellingborough.

Cllr Harrington has been Conservative borough councillor for the Redwell East ward for the past 17 years, having been elected in 1995.

He has been a member of numerous committees over the years and currently sits on the licensing, overview and scrutiny, appointments, and standards committees as well as being chairman of the audit committee.

He was born in Surrey but moved to Wellingborough 40 years ago. He has enjoyed a long career in the motor industry and has played a prominent role in the community throughout that time.

For 13 years he wrote and ran murder mystery nights around Northamptonshire and has also been president of the Chamber of Trade and Commerce.

Cllr Harrington is currently president of Wellingborough Hatton Rotary Club.

He is married to Jean, who will be his consort for the mayoral year. The couple have four children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Cllr Patel will now take the role of deputy mayor. He said: “I really enjoyed the whole year and my role as mayor gave me an in-depth knowledge of the area.”