An outgoing council leader, a Lord and one of the country’s foremost lawyers were commended as a Blackburn business hosted a Ramadan dinner.

Star Tissue based in Mill Hill, Blackburn hosted the annual fast breaking event to primarily thank staff, friends, and family for their support during the past few years.

Due to Covid the event had to be cancelled for two years, so this year the company said they wanted to pay homage to local success stories whilst also supporting community organisations and charities for their efforts during the pandemic.

At the dinner held at the Grand Venue, the outgoing Council Leader Mohammed Khan CBE, Lord Wajid Khan of Burnley and Mohammed Nawaz QC were also among those thanked for their contributions to the county.

Star Tissue UK was founded by the late Allah Ditta and is now run by his three sons Khalid, Abid, Sajid and family members.

Khalid Saifullah MBE who was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire in 2019 said he was delighted to be able to able to host the event again.

He said: “It was great to see old friends come to break their fasts together again.

“It has been a difficult two years for all our communities and it was great to be able to thank the staff for their hard work.

“There is always a huge community focus in what we do and this was a great way of reaching out to volunteers and charities who have made that extra effort to assist others.”

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Blackburn with Darwen council leader Mohammed Khan steps down from his roles in May after dedicating almost 30 years of his life to his hometown.

Former Lammack Primary School and Pleckgate High School pupil Mohammed Nawaz (above) was in 2021 appointed Queen’s Counsel following a career spanning 25 years as a leading criminal barrister.

In March 2021 the former Mayor of Burnley became Lord Khan of Burnley as he was sworn in as a Life Peer in a historic moment for the town.

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Khalid said: “This was also an opportunity for us to us to recognise the successes of people who have strong links to Blackburn.

“We are very privileged to have people who have reached great heights in their professional career and have dedicated their working life to the betterment of Blackburn and Lancashire.

“I am thankful the county and the town have so many dedicated individuals.”

Abid Ditta said: “A huge thank you to everyone who attended and special thank you to the staff for helping to make the company what it is.

“We are keen to celebrate the contributions of all of our teams and their cultures throughout the year.”