Long-standing Wellingborough councillor “re-energised” after being made an MBE

Cllr John Bailey.
Cllr John Bailey.

Wellingborough councillor John Bailey says he feels “re-energised’ after being made an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honour’s list.

The Finedon Conservative, who has been representing constituents since 1967, has been given the honour for his services to the community.

He has also served as Wellingborough Council leader, Wellingborough mayor, a county councillor and chaired the county council in 2012.

Cllr Bailey, 73, followed 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.

And he says they would be proud of his achievements.

He said: “I feel re-energised by the award and it’s one of those things that just makes you feel better.

“It’s nice to feel appreciated and I’d like to think my family would have been proud of me, especially as my father also got an MBE.

“Occasionally you achieve things by yourself as a councillor which makes you feel good - I’d like to think I can claim I saved Finedon Hall.

“I was made an honorary county alderman and an honorary freeman of Wellingborough a couple of years ago and after being re-elected recently I will complete 50 years at Wellingborough Council in 2017.

“I’ve been constantly battling against Finedon being engulfed by Wellingborough for that time and will continue to fight it.”

Cllr Bailey also took over the Finedon Senior Citizens Friendship Committee Christmas Parcels following the death of his mother.

He added: “I help with sending out parcels at Christmas and I think that’s appreciated.

“I’ve also written three books, with one about the history of Finedon.

“I’d like to keep going for as long as I can but age slows you down.

“I wasn’t expecting to receive an MBE but I’ve known for about a month and it’s been really hard not to tell people.”