A LONG-serving council leader recognised in the Queen's birthday honours has received his OBE.

Hyndburn Council leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson, was invested with his OBE by Prince Charles at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace earlier this month.

Cllr Parkinson was awarded the OBE in recognition of his 24 years political service at Hyndburn Council.

Cllr Parkinson, who represents Altham ward, has led as the council since 2011.

He is a former Great Harwood and Colne firefighter, vice-chairman of the Lancashire Combined Fire Authority and is chair of governors at Mount Pleasant Primary School in Clayton-le-Moors.

He also serves on Lancashire County Council.

Cllr Parkinson said: “To be honoured with an OBE is something totally amazing and I put it down to all those who have been with me on my progress through public life.

"I’ve been very fortunate to have been elected for the past 24 years and it’s been an honour and a privilege to serve Hyndburn in different capacities.”