The people of Corby are invited to a ceremony on Saturday (June 29) to rename the area outside the Cube in honour of Lance Corporal James Ashworth who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross after dying in Afghanistan trying to save his comrades.
As millions of people across the country mark Armed Forces Week, Corby will remember the 23-year-old soldier who was killed in action in June last year as he stormed an insurgent position in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand.
L/Cpl Ashworth’s 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 sacrifice he made on June 13, 2012, has made him enter history books forever and the fact that our council has decided 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, which will start at 10.45am, will 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: “On behalf of the residents of Corby I would like to pay our thanks to the Ashworth family for allowing us to hold this ceremony and say how proud we are of James Ashworth VC and his courageous actions in the line of duty.
“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 the country takes time to pay homage to and respect those who fight for our country.
“James’ bravery has been rewarded with the Victoria Cross and now as a borough we come together to make sure that his memory is a permanent part of Corby.”