Caricature: Grantham councillor Ray Wootten

Cartoon - Ray Wootten
Cartoon - Ray Wootten
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Lincolnshire County Council Chairman Ray Wootten is a former Mayor of Grantham and serves on the district council, representing St Wulfram’s ward.

He retired from the police in 1999 at the age of 47 after a 22-year career was cut short by an injury sustained on duty.

Coun Wootten’s wife Linda was Mayoress when he was Mayor of Grantham in 2009 and she is also a county councillor.

The couple have two grown-up children and moved to Grantham with the aim of “starting a new life” following Coun Wootten’s retirement.

Although he stands as a Conservative, he says politics is secondary to his desire to help people in the local community.

Before the police, Coun Wootten served in the RAF interpreting aerial photographs.

He is a volunteer for the armed forces charity SSAFA, a member of Grantham Lions and a governor at two local schools.

He is fascinated by military history and has visited all the former communist countries.