First Asian mayor is to promote diversity

Last year's mayor of Corby Gail McDade with incoming mayor Mohammed Rahman
Last year's mayor of Corby Gail McDade with incoming mayor Mohammed Rahman

CORBY’S first Asian mayor Mohammed Rahman plans to promote the town’s rich cultural diversity during his term in office.

Mr Rahman, 40, who moved to the town in 1989 from London, is looking forward to an historic year for Corby with the visit by the Queen and Prince Philip in June and the Olympic Torch arriving on July 2.

He said: “I am extremely honoured to be Corby’s first Asian mayor and I hope to promote its diversity and all the positive things about the town in my year in office.

“It’s going to be a special year with the Royal visit and the Olympics, not to mention the opening of the new cinema and other exciting regeneration developments.”

Mr Rahman and his wife Imranabegum, who have six children aged from six to 16, live on the Oakley Vale estate which he represents on the borough council.

Originally from Bangladesh, Mr Rahman’s family moved to the UK in 1979 and now owns the Bombay Dynasty restaurant in George Street, Corby.

During his year of office he will be raising money for the Lakelands Hospice, in Butland Road, and for the Stroke Association.

He said: “I am looking forward to the coming year, when I will be promoting Corby and all its people.

“I have picked two very deserving causes to support in the coming 12 months.”

Last year’s mayor Gail McDade handed over the chain and robes of office to Mr Rahman during a ceremony at the Cube last night.

The 33-year-old former pupil of Lodge Park Technology College said: “I was honoured to be Corby’s youngest mayor. I was so proud when the late council leader Pat Fawcett suggested I be mayor and I hope I have done her justice.

“It’s been a really busy year and one I have thoroughly enjoyed.

“My very first engagement was to deliver Corby’s city bid. There have been so many highlights during the year, including the Glee Show and lighting the town’s bonfire on November 5, which I always dreamed of doing when I was a little girl.

“People have been tremendous and I would like to thank everyone for all their support for me and the charities I was supporting.”

During her year in office she raised just under £5,000 which is to be shared between the Teenage Cancer Trust, the Bobath Community for children with cerebral palsy and Beanfield School’s special needs support group.

A donation of £200 will also be made to Chelsea’s Angels in memory of the late council leader.

The new deputy mayor is councillor Judy Caine.