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If however, you are looking for fascinating facts about the area then feel free to read on.
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One of Kettering’s most famous connections was John Profumo. He was elected MP for Kettering in 1940 but lost the seat in 1945. Then he was elected MP for Stratford-on-Avon in 1950. By 1960 he was appointed Secretary of State for War in the Conservative Government.
According to statistics more than 250 people in the area already own stairlifts; that’s 2.6% of the retired population. Are you going to be the next to order?
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The Profumo Scandal
By the following year the Profumo Scandal broke; Profumo had a brief affair with model Christine Keeler who had also been linked with a senior Soviet Naval attaché Yeveni Ivanov. Consequently national security was questioned although no breach was ever found or proved. The scandal didn’t break until 2 years later in 1963 when Profumo denied the affair. When it came out later that year that he had lied to Parliament he was dismissed.
He kept a very low profile after this, cleaning toilets for an East End charity where he eventually became a fundraiser – all on a voluntary basis. Having redeemed himself he was awarded a CBE in 1975 and was invited to Margaret Thatcher’s 70th birthday where he sat next to the Queen.
Profumo had an Italian title he never used, 5th Baron Profumo and lived on his inherited wealth after the scandal. The Profumo Scandal was made into a film in 1989 called Scandal starring Ian McKellen as Profumo and Joanne Whalley as Christine Keeler.
Other famous people of Kettering
Comedian and actor Hugh Dennis was born in Kettering and went on to Cambridge University; he is a regular panellist on Mock the Week and stars in Outnumbered. He started his career as one half of Punt and Dennis with Steve Punt.
Also from Kettering is children’s writer Jane Clarke whose best known book is probably Stuck in the Mud.
Musician Richard Coles was a local lad. He has had an interesting career joining Bronski Beat in the 1980’s and as one half of The Communards with Jimmy Sommerville who had three top ten hits including Don’t Leave me this Way.
After his musical career Coles became a writer and journalist and read for a BA in theology; he was ordained in 2005. He has a celibate gay relationship with his partner and is Vicar for Finedon. Coles also is the regular presenter of Saturday Live on Radio 4.
Two Northampton cricketers Reginald Wooster and Ernest Wright were both born and died in Kettering.
Kettering is also the birthplace of two missionaries – William Carey, a self taught linguist who formed the Baptist Missionary Society and William Knibb mainly known for his work to free slaves in Jamaica; Sir Arthur East the painter was born here; architect John Alfred Gotch was educated here and later set up his architectural practice, Gotch & Saunders in Kettering.
During the Second World War years, the US 8th Air Force were stationed at nearby Grafton Underwood. One of the service men stationed here was Hollywood star Clark Gable probably most famous for his role as Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind and named as one of the greatest male stars of all time by the American Film Institute. He was definitely a heart-throb in his time.
Are your days as a heart-throb over? Or would some returned independence give you back the confidence and swagger? A stairlift can help with those last two issues though we can’t guarantee heart-throb status!
Take a look at the stairlifts we offer from all of the UK manufacturers and compare them; our stairlift prices are fair and we even offer reconditioned ones. If you’d like us to assess your staircase and recommend a suitable stairlift, please give us a call on 01604 269919 .
Kettering like Northampton was known for its boot and shoe production especially in the 19th and 20th centuries. There are still many terraced houses in the town which were originally built for shoe makers. Although shoe makers such as Dolcis, Freeman, Hardy & Willis, Frank Wright and Timpsons were all big in the town, they all closed or left the area after the 1970’s when the industry found itself in decline mainly due to cheaper overseas production. Just a few small footwear businesses remain in Kettering.
One of these is Loake a family business set up by three brothers 125 years ago. They still produce some of the best men’s shoes. Their website says ‘Our premium Goodyear Welted shoes ... take eight weeks to produce. Some 130 skilled craftspeople, up to 75 shoe parts and approximately 200 different operations are involved.’ Obviously they say that only the very finest quality materials are used in their shoe production. As testimony to this, some of the rich and famous are seen wearing their shoes i.e. actor Martin Freeman, pop band Madness, the Yorkshire County Cricket team and many more; in 2007 they received a Royal Warrant.
During the 19th century Kettering became the heart of non-conformist religion too. The Christian Missionary Movement was formed here as was the Baptist Missionary Service which was founded by William Carey who spent time as a missionary in India. Missionary William Knibb is commemorated by the Knibb Centre and Knibb Street; both missionaries are mentioned above.
In 1921 another local man made a name for himself by opening Wicksteed Park which is still open today. Charles Wicksteed a local engineer opened the park in 1913; thought to be the second oldest theme park in England. Its oldest ‘ride’ is the Water Chute which was built in 1926 and renovated in 2002. Wicksteed Park welcomes 1,250,000 visitors every year.
Industry now relies on distribution and service industries such as Morrisons Distribution, Pegasus Software, Weetabix, timeshare company RCI Europe and printing press manufacturer Timsons Ltd.
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