Town Swears in First Muslim Mayor

May 13, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

The first Muslim mayor in the Humber region has been sworn in.

Councillor Jawaid Ishaq MBE, 62, replaced Tony Ellerby as the Mayor of North Lincolnshire in a ceremony at the Plowright Theatre in Scunthorpe.

He said: "I come from a tiny village in Kashmir and I'm proud to have come this far in British politics.

"I hope the younger ethnic generation in the region will take a leaf out of my book and play an active part in doing their best for the community."

Along with councillors and members of the public, pupils from local schools were also invited to witness the mayor elect take on his new role.