Manchester’s former Lord Mayor, Afzal Khan, receives award


Former Lord Mayor, Afzal Khan has been named Financial Services Mayor of the Year 2006 by the Coop.

He will receive his award at full council meeting on Wednesday December 6 from Chris Smith, Head of Community and Campaigns at the Co-op Bank. The award brings with it a charity bequest of £1,000, which will go to Francis House in Didsbury.

Councillor Afzal Khan was elected Lord Mayor in May 2005 and played a vital role in meeting members of Manchester’s community throughout his year of office.

Chris Smith said: “This year we received over 50 nominations for the title Mayor of the Year and the Bank’s judging panel had a difficult task in choosing who was worthy of the title ‘Mayor of the Year 2005/06’. However the judges were extremely impressed with Cllr Mohammed Afzal Khan’s tireless work serving the community of Manchester. He was dedicated to raising the profile of Manchester and understood the importance of bringing the diverse communities of the City together. I am sure everyone would agree that Councillor Khan thoroughly deserves this year’s honour.”

As Lord Mayor, Councillor Khan wanted to use his time in office to promote community cohesion. This took effect immediately as shortly after he was installed, the London bombings of July 7 shook the country. As a high
profile Muslim and a civic leader, Cllr Khan was approached by all sections of the community. He carried out more than 1,000 engagements during his year.

Cllr Khan said: “It is an honour to receive this award and indeed it was an honour to be Lord Mayor of Manchester and represent this world-class city.

I am particularly pleased to be able to pass on this money to Francis House, my chosen charity. Francis House offers the families of very sick children a respite from their role as carers and gives the children a loving home from home.”

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