Getting to know you
PUBLISHED: 08:06 27 January 2006 | UPDATED: 21:39 28 May 2010
1 Who are you? Les Denzey. 2 What do you do? Assistant town clerk and part-time finance manager for Maple Grove Community Group, the best pre-school there is in the county. I am a governor of two schools, Maple Grove Infants and Westwood Junior, where I
1 Who are you?
2 What do you do?
Assistant town clerk and part-time finance manager for Maple Grove Community Group, the best pre-school there is in the county. I am a governor of two schools, Maple Grove Infants and Westwood Junior, where I am chairman.
3 Why would people know you?
No particular reason. A lot of people of my generation would know me from when I played football and I used to do quite a lot of running. I played football for Cambridge United, Wisbech, Ely, Chatteris and March. Now I try to play bowls for Christchurch.
4 What is the most interesting thing that has ever happened to you?
Being present at the birth of our daughter Clare.
5 What do you like most about the Fens?
The native Fenlanders and the beautiful sunsets.
6 Give us your pet hates.
The smell of Indian and Chinese food, people who still use mobile phones while driving, people who disregard speed limits, and 'wannabes'.
7 What sort of car do you drive?
8 What do you think about people who smoke?
What an individual does is no concern of mine.
9 What is your favourite Fenland restaurant/pub?
The Ratcatchers at Cawston near Norwich.
10 What is the most money you spent in one day?
Fortunately it was not my own but I do spend a lot of pre-school money. Basically I am a miser, I hate spending my own money.
11 What is the most romantic thing you have ever done?
My wife Ann will tell you that I do not have an ounce of romance in my body. In fact I did not propose to her, I just said: "How about it then?"
12 Would you say you are fashion conscious?
I am definitely not fashion conscious. In keeping with my philosophy of not spending money, I have a wardrobe still containing clothes from the sixties.
13 What is on your bedside table?
A clock and indigestion tablets.
14 If you had £100 to give to charity, who would you give it to, and why ?
Leukaemia. It deserves all the money it can get because of the tremendous work it does.
15 Do you agree with the idea of private education?
Absolutely. People should be allowed to spend their money however they want.
16 Name a town or country you would never want to return to.
Heysham. Having to spend 12 hours at the ferry terminal, with no facilities, waiting for the boat to the Isle of Man is no fun.
17 Who would you least like to sit next to on an aeroplane?
18 If you were the Prime Minister, what would you abolish?
Third World debt, completely.
19 What is the worst job you have ever had to do?
Clearing the drains.
20 Who do you admire most, and why?
I admired my father immensely. Having had a difficult time in the Second World War he always looked on the positive side of things and encouraged me enormously.
21 Your claim to fame.
No claim to fame really. Years ago I was a county champion in athletics and cross-country. I represented the county at junior and senior levels in football. I had a youth international trial while at Cambridge Utd and played for the English FA. I also turned down the chance to join Aston Villa.
22 What would you most like to be remembered for?
A willingness to help people and having a good sense of humour.
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