City status conversation as Council Leader receives CBE

Published Monday 20 December 2021 at 11:25

Blackburn with Darwen Council leader Mohammed Khan has received his CBE at Windsor Castle from Prince William.

Councillor Khan, who recently announced his intention to retire from public life in May after 30 years of service, used the opportunity to speak to The Duke of Cambridge about Blackburn’s ambitions to be given city status honour as part of celebrations to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

He said:

“Prince William has visited Blackburn and was interested to hear that we had entered the competition. He promised to keep his finger’s crossed for the town.

“It was a very proud moment for me and my family. Local government deserves recognition for the essential role it place in our society. I have a lot of people to thank for their support who share my passion for serving the people of Blackburn with Darwen.”

CBE stands for Commander of the Order of the British Empire and is awarded to individuals for having a prominent role at a national or regional level and distinguished and innovative contribution to any area.

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