Councillor Yakub Patel welcomed as 695th Mayor of Preston

Posted on - 22nd May, 2023 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Frenchwood, Politics, Preston Council, Preston News
Frenchwood Community Primary School pupils with Cllr Yakub Patel and Living Streets mascot Strider
Frenchwood Community Primary School pupils with governor Cllr Yakub Patel in 2022

The city of Preston has formally welcomed Councillor Yakub Patel as its 695th Mayor for 2023/4, a position that dates back to 1327.

Councillor Patel served as Deputy Mayor throughout 2022/2023 and has now become the Mayor following the completion of Councillor Neil Darby’s term in office.

New Mayor of Preston, Councillor Yakub Patel, said: ‚ÄúI am honoured and delighted to become the Mayor of Preston, a city I am proud to call my home. I hope to make positive differences to the communities that I serve and also provide additional support through my Mayoral charities for the coming year.‚ÄĚ

Cllr Patel is the first Indian-born Muslim Mayor of the City of Preston. He was born in the city of Bharuch (formerly known as ‚ÄėBroach‚Äô by the British Rules) in India, a district in the southern part of the Gujarat peninsula.

Read more: Councillor Neil Darby welcomed as Preston’s 694th Mayor at just 34 years old

Yakub graduated from M.S. University of Baroda, India, with a BA and MA degree in English Literature. Yakub came to the UK in June 1976, where he married and has lived in the Frenchwood area ever since with his wife,
children and grandchildren.

Yakub started his career in 1979 with Preston Bus Corporation and was promoted from public service vehicle conductor to driver. Yakub also held roles as Revenue Inspector, Traffic Inspector, Assistant Chief, Chief Inspector and Operations Manager before he retired in July 2009.

He has also served in many roles with Preston Bus including a Board of Director, Health and Safety Representative and Chair and Secretary of ACTS Union.

Yakub has been involved in politics since the age of 10 when he started canvassing and delivering election leaflets for his late father, who was a strong supporter and a member of the late Indira Gandhi’s Congress Party.

Councillor Yakub Patel becomes Mayor of Preston
Councillor Yakub Patel becomes Mayor of Preston

He was first elected as a Labour Party councillor for Avenham Ward in 1995 and was the first Muslim councillor in the history of Preston City Council. Yakub was also elected a Lancashire County Councillor for Preston Division from 2001 to 2009.

Yakub is an active member of the local community and serves as a co-opted member for Preston Jamea Mosque and Preston Muslim Burial Society. He is a governor for Frenchwood Community Primary School. Yakub also works as an interpreter for Global Voices Ltd, Prestige Network and Alfa Language Ltd.

Yakub has been Deputy Mayor since May 2022.  The long-serving councillor has been undertaking Civic Duties and hosted the visit of the Royal Family in summer alongside the Mayor. He was also invited as a chief guest at Lancashire Vintage Car Show in Avenham and Miller Park.

Yakub had the honour of accompanying Councillor Elizabeth Atkins when the late Sir Ron Atkins was awarded the Posthumous Honorary Fellowship at the graduation ceremony at University of Central Lancashire during December 2022.

Read more: Former Preston MP Ron Atkins awarded posthumous Honorary Fellowship

Rosemere Cancer,¬†Preston Domestic Violence Services¬†and¬†Emmaus¬†will be Yakub’s Mayoral Charities for 2023/2024.¬†This is in response and a tribute to the fantastic work done by these organisations for the people of Preston.

The Deputy Mayor for 2023/4 is Councillor Phil Crowe.

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