A multi-faith service was held at Bradford Cathedral to celebrate the country’s first Muslim female Lord Mayor.

Councillor Naveeda Ikram, the Lord Mayor of Bradford, gave a reading from the Old Testament ahead of the Lord Mayor’s civic parade to Centenary Square.

There were prayers from Bradford’s Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and Jewish leaders for the city and wider district at the civic service on Saturday.

“It was a very humbling experience,” said Coun Ikram. “I was overwhelmed with the support from all the communities and all the faiths.”

The West Yorkshire Fire Service pipe band led the parade, which included the leaders of Bradford Council’s political groups, civic and religious dignitaries and Councillor Ikram’s friends and family.


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