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Education centre and street named in memory of Crawley champions

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Two town champions will be honoured when a street and education centre are named in their memory.

Ron Cornwell MBE, of the Royal British Legion, will have a road in the town’s next neighbourhood – Forge Wood – named after him.

And teacher Arthur Earl will have an education room in Crawley Museum dedicated to him when it opens in its new home at The Tree.

The decision to honour the two men was made by members of Crawley Borough Council and announced at a meeting of the full council.

Family members were welcomed into the council chamber and watched on with pride as councillor’s lauded the contribution of the two men to the town.

Mr Cornwell, of Gossops Green, died in February 2013, aged 83. The former RAF soldier of 23 years was president of the Crawley and Ifield British Legion.

He also helped start up Crawley Furniaid.

Cllr Brian Quinn described him as “a remarklable man”, while mayor Cllr Bob Burgess said: “He was a wonderful man who gave a lot of time to other people, and the recognition we are showing him is deserving of that.”

Cllr Chris Cheshire spoke highly of Mr Earl, with whom she had worked as a teacher at Thomas Bennett Community College. He died in 2010.

She said: “If you mention the name Arthur Earl to people of a certain era, you see a smile spread across their faces.

“I don’t ever remember him being in a bad mood, being down or having a bad day. He was just a cheery person who always had time for people.”

 

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