Honouring those who contributed to Daventry

Walter Green, left, and Lawrence Wheeler, right.
Walter Green, left, and Lawrence Wheeler, right.

A Daventry man has launched a campaign to get roads named after local heroes, community figureheads and charity founders.

Lawrence Wheeler, who lives in Ashby Road, is asking for suggestions of community heroes who deserve to be remembered by having a road in the town named after them.

Mr Wheeler said: “I was employed at the Daventry Weekly Express from 1958 to 1964, and did a six year printing apprenticeship under Walter Green, the then proprietor/editor.

“Anything I have achieved in life has a lot to do with Mr Green, he was a fantastic man, hence I wanted to get his contribution to Daventry recognised. This has now snowballed into getting recognition for others in the town who have helped with its development.

“I have received some 16 names now, but I would like to get 20 to 24.

“As Daventry gets bigger people may only be remembered by their own families. I thought it would be a way which people that contributed to Daventry could be remembered by the town.”

Names put forward already include Madeline Mary Punch, who was matron of Danetre Hospital for 24 years, Hywell Hughes the ex-headmaster of the Abbey School who started the campaign to publicly fund an outdoor pool in Daventry, and Mavis Matthews who was elected first woman mayor of the town in 1982 and also founded groups for disabled people and victims of crime and abuse, and was instrumental in twinning Daventry with Westerburg.