In a ceremony held at the Haworth Art Gallery on Thursday, 11 January, former Hyndburn Borough Council Leader Miles Parkinson was presented with the esteemed ‘Past Leaders Badge’ in recognition of his dedicated service to the community. The badge, bestowed by Acting Leader of the Council Councillor Peter Britcliffe, serves as a lasting tribute to Miles’ unwavering commitment to Hyndburn throughout his 28-year career.
Councillor Britcliffe said, ‘Miles’ journey in public service began in 1995 when he was elected as Labour Councillor for the ward of Altham. His passion and dedication saw him actively participate in numerous committees, panels, and boards, accumulating a wealth of knowledge and experience. Beyond the Council, he furthered his impact as Chair of Governors at Mount Pleasant Primary School and served as County Councillor for Great Harwood, Rishton, and Clayton le Moors. Miles became Hyndburn’s youngest Mayor in 2004.’
Miles was made Leader of the Opposition in 2010 and ascended to the position of Leader of Hyndburn Borough Council in 2011 following a change in political control. Leading during a period of significant public spending cuts, Miles’ tenure was marked by his unwavering commitment to maintaining service standards for the community while navigating challenging financial landscapes.
The year 2012 witnessed a momentous occasion for Miles when he was presented to Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Accrington. Miles was further recognised by Her Majesty in the Queen’s Birthday Honours when he was awarded the prestigious OBE for his public achievements.
The Worshipful, the Mayor of Hyndburn Councillor Terry Hurn hosted the presentation. He added, ‘I remember Miles offering me words of encouragement at my first ever Council meeting, so I’m delighted to be here today to help honour Miles’ time as Leader.’
Reflecting on his journey, Miles expressed his heartfelt gratitude, ‘This badge is a humbling honour that signifies the incredible privilege of serving the people of Hyndburn. I am grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to make a positive impact, and I remain committed to supporting the borough’s continued progress.’