|Rushden Echo, 1st July 1927, transcribed by Peter Brown
Business Changes At Rushden
Messrs J and C Claridge Ltd
Retirement of Mr C Claridge
Councillor Charles Claridge ex-chairman of the Rushden Urban District Council has retired from the firm Messrs J and C Claridge Ltd of Rushden with which he has been associated as director since its inception. Mr Charles Claridge is the youngest son of the late Mr William Claridge, who in the early ‘sixties started the firm which for so many years traded under the name of William Claridge and which was one of the oldest firms in the town. Mr William Claridge died about 35 years ago, and his sons the late Mr J Claridge J P, C C, and Mr Charles Claridge continued the business which was some years ago converted into the firm of Messrs J and C Claridge Ltd. Mr John Claridge, up to the time of his death, was the chairman of the company, and Mr Charles Claridge was the managing director. Mr William Claridge was the elder brother of the late Mr Ebenezer Claridge, the founder of another well-known house at Rushden, and the name of Claridge has always been held in honour in the town.
Mr Charles Claridge is a member of the Rushden Urban District Council, of which he was in 1925-6 the vice chairman, proceeding to the chair in April 1926, and from that position he retired a couple of months ago, having filled the office of chairman to the entire satisfaction of his colleagues on the Council and the townspeople in general. He has been a member of all the committees of the Council. During his chairmanship he had the honour of extending the town’s hearty welcome to Her Highness Princess Helena Victoria. Mr Claridge was the chairman of the local committee on the occasion of the visit to Rushden and Northamptonshire Agricultural Society for the annual show, and he had the honour of being introduced to His Royal Highness Prince henry. Mr Claridge is associated with St Mary’s Church, Rushden.
As a sportsman Mr Claridge has worthily upheld the traditions of the town. While he has been associated with all the sports, he has been most intimately connected with cricket and association football. He played for the old Northants football team and was secretary of the Northants Football Association. For many years he played for the Rushden Town Cricket Club, and during a long period he carried out the secretarial duties. He is also a keen tennis player and is interested in other games.
The business of the firm of Messrs J and C Claridge will be carried on as usual.