COUN Abid Hussain has spoken of his pride and honour at becoming Todmorden’s first Asian Mayor.
Coun Hussain became the town’s civic head at the annual Mayor’s Day celebration at Todmorden Town Hall on Saturday, attended by more than 150 invited guests.
“It’s a great honour to be the first Asian Mayor of Todmorden,” he said.
“As you all know, I really love Todmorden and the people of Todmorden who have all been good to me for the past 40 years.
“Hopefully I’m going to be a good Mayor for you all.”
Coun Hussain said he is looking forward to attending the big community events in Todmorden, such as the carnival and the agricultural show, and visiting the town’s schools to meet the children.
He thanked his fellow town councillors for their support since he was elected five years ago.
“We are like a big family,” he said. “We all support each other.”
There was special thanks for Coun David O’Neill, who Coun Hussain has known since his school days.
Coun Hussain came to Todmorden in 1976 when he was 12. He was a keen cricketer in his teenage years, regularly turning out for Todmorden Cricket Club, and is still is big sports fan.
He has worked at his family’s shop on Halifax Road for many years.
Coun Margareta Holmstedt, who proposed Coun Hussain to be the new Mayor, said: “Abid is fully committed and passionate about Todmorden.
“I’m certain he will be an absolutely brilliant Mayor.”
Coun Hussain has chosen Age UK Todmorden as his civic charity.
Catherine Rosborough, from the charity, said: “We can’t do what we do in Todmorden without the support of local people. Thanks you very much for your support.”