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   Congratulations to our new Town Mayor    26 May, 2016

Councillor Shabir Ahmed was confirmed in his role at the Annual Meeting of the Town Council.

He took over the robes and chains of office from outgoing Mayor Councillor Javaid Akhtar, before reading out his acceptance declaration.

Councillor Ahmed, who has served on the council for 13 years, said: "Following on from Councillor Javaid Akhtar will not be an easy task. He's worked hard to improve the council's reputation and to restore faith in the council. If I do half as good a job as him, I will be pleased."


Councillor Ahmed, who lives in Highfield, said he felt privileged and honoured to have been chosen by his fellow councillors.

He added when addressing the council and public: "This has been my home town since 1969 and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. For the trust you've placed in me, I give you my commitment that I won't let you down. It's very important we listen to the people of Keighley and reach a conclusion on this. I also hope we can work closely with our district councillors. I will look to engage with everyone who we represent in Keighley, whether they are young or old."

The town Mayoress during Councillor Ahmed's term in office will be his daughter, Anissa Ahmed.

Bradford Disability Sports & Leisure (BDSL) will be the chosen Mayor’s charity for 2016/17 which Councillor Ahmed will be supporting throughout the year. The charity was chosen for Councillor Ahmed because of the positive and inspirational impact two of its athletes had on him when they came to Keighley Town Council in 2013 to show the medals they had won at the Special Olympics.


Councillor Ahmed has worked for Transdev Keighley and District for 39 years, and has previously been a bus conductor, bus driver, coach driver and supervisor and is currently a duty manager based at Keighley Bus Station.

He has served on the council's Watch and Transport committee for many years and has also been a member of Events, Finance, Policy and Governance and Civic Centre committees and is now looking forward to supporting all the council committees.

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