Death announced of former Mayor of Northampton

Stan and Joan James celebrating their Diamond wedding anniversary. (60 years) 'news:'090417KC18
Stan and Joan James celebrating their Diamond wedding anniversary. (60 years) 'news:'090417KC18
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A former Mayor of Northampton who was a Conservative councillor for 21 years has died, it has been announced.

Stan James, who ran a Post Office in Kettering Road with his wife Joan for many years, served as mayor of the town in 1984-85.

In 2009, he celebrated his Diamond Wedding anniversary with his wife, and said the secret of his long marriage was they “laughed a lot” together.

Mr James was borough councillor from 1968 until 1989 and represented both the Abington and Dallington wards. In 2005 he became an Honorary Alderman.

The news of Mr James’s death was announced by the Northampton Borough Council Conservative group on Saturday.

Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “I was sorry to hear news that Stan James had passed away. He was a long-standing Conservative councillor for the town and a distinguished Mayor in 1984. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time.”

During his political career, Mr James served as deputy council leader between 1986 and 1991 and was on a number of committees including planning, education and the town twinning association.

In 2009, Mr James celebrated his Diamond Wedding anniversary with his wife, two children and four grandchildren.