Councillor embarks on 50th year of service to town

Rothwell Town Councillor Clive Cross
Rothwell Town Councillor Clive Cross

A councillor who is beginning his 50th year of service to a town says being a successful elected official often comes down to common sense.

Clive Cross, 79, was first elected to the then Rothwell Urban District Council in 1964 and his service on that body – and its successor Rothwell Town Council – has remained unbroken through 13 different elections.

He was presented with a gift by town council colleagues at a meeting earlier this month.

Cllr Cross, a Labour party councillor, was the last chairman of the urban district council and the first chairman of the town council following the reorganisation in the mid-1970s.

He said his mother had been the one who had first got him interested in politics.

“The council has been interesting,” he said. “We have had various issues at various times to discuss.

“It’s a matter of using common sense most of the time. People come to you with queries and you try to help them, but you can’t always.”

His fortunes at the ballot box have varied, occasionally only scraping in as the last councillor elected, and he added: “The national picture is very often the result we get here.

“I have stood 13 times and I’ve been the second one elected and I’ve been the last one elected.”

He is also the chairman of the Rothwell Table Tennis Club and the Cricket Club, and has umpired cricket matches for 50 years.