Two join latest list of famous and infamous

THEY'RE rubbing shoulders with the rich, the famous and the infamous.

Two Huddersfield men - along with Deal Or No Deal presenter Noel Edmonds, Doctor Who star David Tennant and prizewinning transvestite potter Grayson Perry - are among the 1,000 new entries in the 2007 edition of Who's Who.

The book, published yesterday, is a catalogue of the good and the great.

Inclusion in the world-famous reference book, which is updated each year and contains potted biographies of 32,000 of some of the richest, most famous and most talented people in the land, is by invitation only.

So this is an accolade afforded to only a comparative few.

The Huddersfield newcomers are Martin Rostron, 53-year-old principal of Greenhead College, and Rob Vincent, 55, Kirklees Council's chief executive.

Everyone in Who's Who is invited to compile his or her own entry, so they can include or exclude whatever they want and the entries can be as long or as short as they wish.

Mr Rostron's and Mr Vincent's entries are brief and modest.

Coincidentally, they take up just eight lines each.

Prime Minister Tony Blair needs just nine lines to list his achievements while wife, Cherie, who prefers to appear in Who's Who under her maiden name, Booth, takes up 17 lines.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has 11 lines and the fugitive Lord Lucan - who has been missing since 1974 - occupies five lines.

All are models of brevity compared to the entry of the late romantic novelist Dame Barbara Cartland. She needed 174 lines to list her literary feats.

Mr Rostron - whose entry is immediately above that of the Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich - lists his recreations as "slow holidays, interesting walks, gardening, reading, listening to classical music, friendly football games".

He is married, has three children and lives in Holmfirth.

He was vice-principal at Greenhead for 10 years before taking the reins in January, 2002.

Father-of-four Mr Vincent lists just one recreation: "Looking at buildings."

he said: "I'm a frustrated architect. Everywhere I go I have my head in the air, looking at what's built around me".

He and his wife, Heather, live in the Colne Valley.

He has been with Kirklees since 1988, after training as a civil engineer and town planner.

Mr Rostron and Mr Vincent and all the others will now remain in Who's Who until they die, when they will be automatically transferred to Who Was Who.

Other Huddersfield entries are MP Barry Sheerman and Chocolat author Joanne Harris.

The 2007 edition of Who's Who is published by A & C Black and costs £145.