Funeral of councillor who worked tirelessly for his community

The funeral of Wellingborough and Earls Barton councillor Pete Wright at The Counties Crematorium in Northampton
The funeral of Wellingborough and Earls Barton councillor Pete Wright at The Counties Crematorium in Northampton

Final farewells were said at the funeral of husband, father and grandfather who served his community tirelessly as a parish and borough councillor.

Cllr Peter Wright died suddenly last week, aged 68.

He had served on Wellingborough Council as a Labour councillor for Earls Barton since May 2011, and as an Earls Barton Parish Councillor since 2003.

He was a member of Wellingborough Council’s development and overview and scrutiny committees, and he was also heavily involved in the Earls Barton Neighbourhood Plan.

His funeral service took place at the Counties Crematorium in Northampton today (Thursday, February 28).

Mourners wore red as a mark of respect for the native Liverpudlian, who moved to Earls Barton in 1973. His childhood home was very close to Anfield and he’d been a life-long Liverpool FC fan

His son Joseph paid tribute to his father and recounted happy family memories.

He said his father loved gardening and had worked abroad during his career as a sales manager, mostly in Germany and Japan.

A number of Cllr Wright’s colleagues from Wellingborough Council attended the service.

Tributes and prayers were also said at a council meeting on Tuesday, February 26.

Cllr George Blackwell said: “He was a good man and he worked tirelessly for the community of Earls Barton. He was possibly the hardest working member of Earls Barton Parish Council. He was a strong character and he liked to lead.

“He was brought up in Liverpool, and he lived very close to the Liverpool ground. He was well educated and he travelled in his business life all over the world.

“He was very active in the Labour Party and he worked tirelessly in the Wellingborough constituency party, and in the Earls Barton branch.

“He will leave a large whole that will be difficult to fill in the community of Earls Barton.

“He was a powerful sort of character, but everyone had the highest respect for him.”

Cllr Peter Morrall said: “He was the sort of man that when he decided something was going to happen, he would make it happen. He would work tirelessly. It won’t take one man to fill his shoes, it will take many.”

Mayor, Ken Harrington said: “I thought he was a wonderful man.”