|A councillor since 1949, and vice-chairman for the last 12 months, Mr. Ernest Edward Newell, who lives at Manor Farm, Bedford Road, Rushden, was elected chairman of Rushden Urban Council at its annual meeting on Wednesday.
Mr. Newell, who is a Conservative member for South Ward, has served on all committees of the council, and has been chairman of the Parks Committee.
A married man, he has lived at Rushden all his life, and is secretary of the Tecnic Shoe Co. Ltd., where he has worked since leaving school.
During the war he served in the Royal Engineers as a Warrant Officer, and was mentioned in dispatches.
A member of Rushden Park Road Baptist Church, he played for the Baptist Cricket Club for about twenty years, and is also a member of Rushden and District Golf Club.
His hobby for many years has been magic, and he is well known locally as an entertainer in this field. He is a member of the Magic Circle.