A LEADING figure in Huddersfield's Sikh community has been appointed the new chairman of Kirklees Racial Equality Council.
Mr Kartar Singh Kathuria, 67, of Springwood Hall Gardens, was awarded the OBE in 2001 for his services to the community in Yorkshire.
He came to England in 1968 and taught at various secondary schools, including Fartown High School, finishing his career in 2001.
"I am delighted to have been elected as chairman of an organisation that strives towards achieving a just and fair society," he said.
"Racism, prejudice, discrimination and bigotry have no role to play in a multi-cultural and multi-faith British society.
"I, together with my colleagues on the Kirklees Racial Equality Council, want to see Kirklees as a model of best practice for good community and race relations nationally."
Mr Kathuria has been involved in many voluntary groups and organisations including Huddersfield Minority Groups/Police Liaison Committee, the Sikh Leisure Centre and Sikh Temple, Indian Workers' Association, Huddersfield Community Health Council and South Kirklees Black Governors'/Parents' Forum.
His wife Narinder has been self-employed for many years and runs a successful drapery and sports goods business.
The couple have three grown up children, two sons and a daughter.