A CELEBRATION of the life of a much-respected Pendle GP takes place in Brierfield this weekend.

Family and friends from across the UK will descend on the town’s people’s centre, in Colne Road, as a mark of respect to Dr Ikram Malik, who died after a road accident last September.

Dr Malik, 75, from Reedley, who was awarded an MBE for his services to volunteering in 1999, ran his practice at the Yarnspinners health centre.

He was one of the founders of Building Bridges Pendle and a past chairman of Burnley and Pendle Racial Equality Council.

Liverpool Riverside MP Louise Ellman, former Lancashire County Council leader, Lord Adam Patel, East Lancs MPs Gordon Birtwistle and Andrew Stephenson, and Mayor of Pendle Coun Asjad Mahmood are expected to attend later, alongside former council leader Alan Davies and borough chief executive Stephen Barnes.

Mohammed Aslam, secretary of the People’s Empowerment and Enterprise Forum, said: “Dr Malik spent all his life helping others and we want to celebrate his achievements.”

The event begins at 11am and is expected to last for several hours.