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Alison Bagley, Thursday, April 6,2023,

Councillor Clive Wood
13th June 1939 - 29th March 2023

Tributes have been paid to a long-serving councillor and Rushden historian who has died at the age of 84.

Clive Wood devoted his whole life to his home town of Rushden, working and serving on numerous committees, groups and councils.

As a mark of respect Rushden Town Council will be flying the Union Flag at half-mast at the Memorial Garden.

Mr Wood's friend Geoff Wiggins, who co-authored a book about their school, Tennyson Road Secondary Modern, has paid tribute to the 'humble' councillor.

Clive Wood
Clive Wood in 2014
He said: "He was a quiet, reserved man, very artistically talented and very humble and very interested in Rushden and its history. He was the first mayor of Rushden and he helped to stop the demolition of Rushden Hall.

"We wrote a book together about our old school. He was the head boy, and organised school reunions. We donated the proceeds, £500, to Crazy Hats breast cancer charity."

Clive Wood was born in 1939, son of Harry William and Joan Wood. After leaving school in 1954 he became a traditional sign writer after serving an apprenticeship.

He had been a member of Rushden Town Council since it was formed in 2000, until 2015 and was appointed as the first Town Mayor of Rushden for two terms from 2000.

A spokesman for Rushden Town Council said: "He was well known and highly respected throughout the town, where he was ward member for the Spencer ward.

"One of Clive's proudest moments was in 1985, when, as Chairman of the District of East Northamptonshire, he had the honour to greet Her Majesty the Queen when she visited the area to tour her local Duchy of Lancaster estate holdings."

Mr Wood had also been member of East Northamptonshire Council, serving for 35 years. He was one of the few councillors to have been Chairman twice.

In February 2019 he was recognised for his service to East Northamptonshire and became Honorary Alderman of the district at a special ceremony.

The spokesman said: "Clive was an extremely knowledgeable councillor and his love of Rushden was unprecedented. He was a passionate historian and saving Rushden Hall through the establishment of the Rushden Amenities Society is something we should all be extremely grateful for."

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