Two long serving Hyndburn Councillors have received awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for their political service.

Congratulations to Council leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson, who was awarded an OBE and Councillor Munsif Dad who received a British Empire Medal (BEM).

Cllr Miles Parkinson (OBE, Leader of the Council) and Cllr Munsif Dad (BEM) with the Mayor June Harrison.

Cllr Parkinson, who represents Altham ward, has served on Hyndburn Council for 24 years and has led as the Council since 2011.

The former Great Harwood and Colne firefighter is also vice-chairman of the Lancashire Combined Fire Authority and is chair of governors at Mount Pleasant primary school in Clayton-le-Moors.

Cllr Parkinson said;

“It’s great honour and something totally unexpected. I’ve been very fortunate to have been elected for the past 24 years and it’s been an honour and a privilege to serve Hyndburn in different capacities. To be honoured by the Queen is something totally amazing and I put it down to all those who have been with me on my progress through public life.”

Cllr Dad, Cabinet Member for Education, Leisure and Arts, has served as Springhill ward councillor since 2006 and has also worked for many years in the voluntary sector. Cllr Dad also served as Hyndburn Mayor in 2014/15.

Cllr Dad said;

“I’m very honoured and I’m delighted to receive the recognition of work in my political life. I would like to thank everybody who nominated me or supported the application.

‘I dedicate this recognition to my late wife Arshad Begum, who sadly passed away earlier this year and this is something I will cherish and remember for a long time.”

Both Cllr Parkinson and Cllr Dad also serve on Lancashire County Council.