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Hundreds attend Pakistan independence dinner in Bradford
7:00am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
More than 500 people packed into Bradford’s Hilton Hotel to celebrate Pakistan Independ-ence Day – and to honour a much-loved former policeman.
The Pakistan Society of West Yorkshire’s (PSWY) celebration dinner for the 66th independence day was also used to raise money for the Telegraph & Argus’ Crocus Cancer Appeal.
The event last night included tributes to Rashid Awan, a former Bradford police officer and former president of the (PSWY) who died suddenly in May. Councillor Valerie Binney (Con, Thornton and Allerton) composed a speech that was read out by Jackie Whiteley (Con, Wharfedale).
In it, Coun Binney said the loss of Mr Awan was “immeasurable” and that men like him were “very few and far between”.
Mohammed Abbas, treasurer of the PSWY, said it was hoped that £500 would be raised, via a raffle and donations, to the T&A’s appeal. Mr Awan presented a cheque for £500 to the appeal weeks before his death.
Lord Mayor of Bradford Coun Khadim Hussain said: “It is the 66th celebration of independence for Pakistan and on behalf of people of Bradford we wish Pakistani people and Pakistani people in Bradford all the best and good wishes for the democratic process to continue.
“Rashid Awan was a very close friend of mine. He is sadly missed tonight.”
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