By Tony Earnshaw Local Democracy Reporter
THE NEW mayor of Kirklees, Coun Mumtaz Hussain, threw a party to kick off his civic year.
In a change to the traditional dinner held at Huddersfield Town Hall Coun Mumtaz Hussain chose to host a formal banquet in his stamping ground of Ravensthorpe.
Nearly 400 people, including relatives, supporters, guests and fellow councillors, showed up to join in at the Grand Banqueting Suite.
The mayor described the event as “a fantastic evening” and “very successful”.
Coun Hussain, a Labour councillor for Dewsbury West, took office on May 22. His wife Noreen is mayoress.
The couple took over from Coun Gwen Lowe and her consort, Ken.
Among those present at the event were Coun Hussain’s friends and fellow Labour councillors Masood Ahmed, Gulfam Asif and Nosheen Dad along with newly elected Heckmondwike member Aafaq Butt as well as Shabir Pandor, the leader of Kirklees Council.
New deputy mayor Coun Nigel Patrick and his wife Judith, the Deputy Mayoress, were also present, along with representatives from the mayor’s chosen charities.