Umpiring councillor reaches 50 not out

Rothwell town councillor Clive Cross
Rothwell town councillor Clive Cross

A town councillor has racked up 50 consecutive years’ service.

Clive Cross, who has served on Rothwell Town Council and its predecessor body since May 1964, has been successful in the last 13 elections.

He said: “It’s something I didn’t anticipate when I started. I didn’t think I would be elected all those times.”

The 81-year-old was the last chairman of the Rothwell Urban District Council (UDC) and the first chairman of its successor, the town council.

Cllr Cross said he preferred the days of the Urban District Council, adding: “We could make a decision here.

“Now we have to go to Kettering to get things approved.”

He said Rothwell’s population had risen greatly since he took office, and said the town’s road system had to be improved to accommodate that growth.

The Labour councillor added: “One of the first things I did was the Desborough Road bus stop.

“In those days you got soaked through, so we put the bus shelter where it is today. That’s the first thing I ever did on the council.”

He also umpires at cricket matches across the region. Among those he has officiated have been England captains Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook.

He is also president of groups such as the Rothborough Table Tennis Club and Rothwell Town Cricket Club.