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Council Marks Two Historic Moments in the Market Place Timeline

Published: Friday, 19th March 2021

Yesterday, 18th March 2021, two new stones were laid in the Market Place timeline in the centre of Kettering, and the Mayor of Kettering Borough, Cllr James Burton, was on hand to witness both new arrivals.

The first marks the contribution that Kettering-born Professor Sarah Gilbert, of Oxford University, has made to the creation of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine for coronavirus, not being used nationwide and across the world in the fight against covid-19.

The second stone marks the imminent end of Kettering Borough Council and the start of the new all-purpose unitary council for North Northamptonshire, which comes into being on 1st April.

The Mayor said:

“We are all in Kettering immensely proud of what Sarah Gilbert and her team have achieved in producing a world class vaccine in an amazingly short space of time. People round the world are - or  soon will  be -  benefitting  from this vaccine, so it is already saving lives and reducing illness. No-one can make a better contribution to the wellbeing of this community and all others.”

A photo-opportunity involving the Mayor will be held on 29th March at 10.30am, for press to attend; James Saunders Watson Esq, Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire will also be in attendance, along with the High Sheriff, Paul Parsons, and the Mayor’s Chaplain, Rev. David Walsh.