|The Rushden Echo, 29th January, 1943, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Council Losing Valued Officer
Mr. A. Maclean Obtains Clerkship in North - Work for Savings
Rushden Urban Council, whose Clerk will retire at the end of March, is also to lose its Accountant and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Albert Maclean, who has been appointed to the clerkship of an urban council in the North of England.
The loss is greatly to be regretted for Mr. Maclean, who came to Rushden in February, 1934, from the borough of Swinton and Pendlebury, Lancs., has been an exceptionally able officer and has distinguished himself in work of public importance outside his Council duties.
His organising ability came to notice when he acted as hon. Secretary for the local celebrations of the Royal Silver Jubilee, and again when he organized the Coronation rejoicings. The outbreak of the present war gave him heavy tasks in connection with the billeting of thousands of evacuees, and his energy, courtesy and attention to detail made a great impression.
Before the close of 1939 Mr. Maclean became hon. Secretary to the rushed, Higham Ferrers and Raunds National Savings committee. The work grew beyond all expectations, but Mr. Maclean handled it with great ability and became recognised as one of the most enterprising secretaries in the Midlands. Largely through his efforts the area established a reputation for its small savings groups, startled the Region with its total of £406,000 in the War Weapons Week of 1941, and added more than £200,000 in the Warship Week of 1942. Before his retirement from this work last year the area had saved more than 1½ million pounds.
For a time Mr. Maclean was acting-secretary of the Rushden Y.M.C.A. Several local authorities in the county have sought his help in financial matters.
A native of Manchester, Mr. Maclean gained early experience on the staff of the Barton-upon-Irwell rural district Council Board of Guardians and Assessment Committee, and with the Urmston and Flixton Joint Drainage Committee. At Swinton and Pendlebury he held the position of Deputy Accountant.
Mr. Maclean’s wife has earned the thanks of the Rushden area for her work in organising the supply of gifts to H.M.S. Quorn, the destroyer adopted by the area after last year’s Warship Week. She has handled this pleasant task very happily indeed, and the friendship between the ship’s company and the district has gone far beyond mere formality.
Mr. Maclean will conclude his duties at Rushden in the third week of February and take up his new post at the end of the month.