FINEDON councillor and former Wellingborough Council leader John Bailey has been elected as chairman of Northamptonshire County Council.
Cllr Bailey, who is also a former Wellingborough mayor, will be the ceremonial representative of the council for the next year and will chair full council meetings.
He was first elected to Northamptonshire County Council in 1970 as a Conservative, following in the footsteps of his great-grandfathers John Thomas Hawthorne and Albert Henson Bailey, and his grandfather Leonard Bailey, who all represented Finedon on the county council in their day.
This means Finedon has been represented on the county council by members of John’s family for 86 years of its 123-year existence.
Councillor Bailey has appointed the Revd Richard Coles of Finedon Parish Church as his chaplain for the duration of the civic year to lead prayers before each council meeting.
Cllr Larry Henson, who represents the Kettering Central ward on the county council, was elected as the deputy chairman of the council.
At a meeting today (Thursday, May 17) outgoing chairman cllr Ron Sawbridge presented cheques totalling £7,600 to his two charities, the Northamptonshire Parent Infant Partnership and Nene Valley Care Trust.
£4,700 of that amount was raised by a sponsored cycle ride held at Silverstone circuit.
An additional £300 was presented to Councillor Sawbridge by young care leavers who took part in the sponsored cycle ride.