High Sheriff calls for people to have pride in town

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The High Sheriff of Northamptonshire has called for people across Northampton to show more pride in their town.

John Townsend, who will step down from the position next year, said he was keen to promote the heritage and history of Northamptonshire, and particularly the county’s towns, before he leaves the post.

Talking to the Chronicle & Echo, he said the county had much to be proud of and he hoped to promote some of the “good news stories” from across Northamptonshire.

He said: “We have a wonderful county and it is not appreciated by the rest of the country, in my opinion. I don’t think we get the profile we should.
I think if we appreciated what we are. as a county. then we are more likely to be taken seriously. We are not a huge county, we are not the biggest, but we are important and that should be recognised.”

Mr Townsend said he had used his time in the historic post to talk to political leaders across the county to express his view. He said he was keen to boost the “excellent” work businesses and companies up and down the county did on a daily basis.

He added: “I want to bring out the good things that are happening in this county.

“As the High Sheriff, in court, you do see the worst in humanity but you also see the best. I think we should be doing more, for example, to promote the Queen’s Award for Industry.

“There are people doing extraordinary things that we don’t even know about.”