Chess wizard who was the 'Voice of Telford' dies

A man who for years was the voice of Telford Development Corporation – the body set up to create a new town in the county – has died.

David Everington
David Everington

David Everington was also known across Shropshire for his chess prowess, becoming the county's champion on nine occasions.

Hailing from Shrewsbury, and with a role which gave him a grandstand seat in the development of Telford, he used his insight to write a novel called "Standing Stillbury and Concrete Hardening." This was a barely disguised satire of Shrewsbury and Telford rivalry, with Standing Stillbury being the county town and a bit self-satisfied, while Concrete Hardening was a brash and go-ahead new town.

Mr Everington worked in local government in Shrewsbury before moving to Telford Development Corporation.

For 10 years he was personal assistant to the corporation chairman, Lord Northfield, during some of the most crucial years of Telford's development, before becoming the corporation's head of public relations in 1986.

This saw him act as the official spokesman for the corporation, promoting the town, its new developments and achievements, and also sometimes answering the critics.

Train campaign

It was a role he held until the winding up of the corporation in 1991, and he then had his own Telford business, Everington Public Relations, which had a number of high profile Telford clients, and he was the "Hands Off Our Trains" campaigns co-ordinator in Shropshire's fight to keep its InterCity train service.

But his "foot in both camps" status was underlined when in 1995 he was taken on by the Shrewsbury Town Centre Management Project as a temporary consultant to mastermind the county town's big Christmas promotion – which included a mass leafleting campaign to try to woo Telford shoppers.

In 1997 he became a member of the board of a new company set up to bid for the licence to operate a full-time radio station for Telford, Telford FM. He was a past secretary of Shrewsbury Round Table.

Born in Shrewsbury, he attended Priory Boys Grammar School.

Married to Jenn, they had four children. Mr Everington had been ill for some time and died peacefully at home on December 28.

The funeral will be held privately due to current circumstances.

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