Road to be named after Wellingborough’s first black mayor

Mike Prescod
Mike Prescod

The memory of a man who served his community as a councillor, mayor and within the voluntary sector will live on with a road named after him.

Many people in Wellingborough knew or worked with Mike Prescod CBE before his death in 2010, and a road will soon carry his name in recognition of his contribution to the town and those who live there.

Mr Prescod was born in Barbados, but he and his family moved to Wellingborough in 1976 where he took up the post of ethnic minority social worker with Northamptonshire County Council.

He was seconded to the town’s then fledgling race relations council, and during this period he took a lead in the establishment and progress of Wellingborough’s Victoria Centre.

He was also instrumental in the creation and development of the Wellingborough African and Caribbean Community Centre.

He went on to hold several other posts, including in the London Borough of Islington, but after taking early retirement in 1996 from full-time employment, Mr Prescod continued to work as an unpaid voluntary and community worker.

In 1995 he became a borough councillor in Wellingborough and in 1998 he became the first mayor of the town with African Caribbean origins.

He was involved in numerous groups in the town and worked tirelessly to promote and advocate a richer quality of life for the ethnic minority communities in Wellingborough.

In 2002 he was awarded an MBE for services to the voluntary sector and community relations work.

Wellingborough Council has decided to name a road after Mr Prescod and an event to recognise the honour is taking place at 11am on Friday (October 28).

Everyone who knew or worked with Mr Prescod is invited to attend the event at Prescod Close, a small housing development just off Irthlingborough Road in the town.

The event will be followed by food and refreshments at the Rising Sun pub in Mill Road.

A message recently posted on the Michael Prescod - The Peoples Man RIP Facebook page says: “Finally...we are so appreciative of this honour bestowed upon such a wonderful man.

“All the way from St Michaels, Barbados, to Prescod Close, Wellingborough, UK.

“Congratulations Pops.”

Mr Prescod died in February 2010 at the age of 71 following a battle with cancer.