A POIGNANT tribute to a murdered Huddersfield taxi driver was made by Kirklees Council.
They handed a special award to the family of Mr Mohammed Parvaiz, who was brutally beaten and kicked to death by a savage gang in Golcar.
Six people were jailed for the attack in 2006, which happened at Field Head, Golcar, when Mr Parvaiz was lured into an ambush.
He lived with his wife and children in Birkby.
His family attended the moving ceremony at Huddersfield’s Textile Centre of Excellence.
The award was presented to Mr Parvaiz’s son Mohammed Ismaeel, 14, and his brother-in-law Mr Mohammed Ramzan.
Clr Christine Iredale, of Kirklees Council, said it was a very moving moment.
She said: “It was such an horrific death and having spoken to a number of people, we in the council decided to make the award.
“We wanted to do something to let the family of Mr Parvaiz know that we are still thinking about them.
“They are a lovely family and it was a very moving moment.
“Taxi drivers are a vital part of our community and where would we be without them? We are lucky in Kirklees that we have some lovely taxi drivers.”
The posthumous award was one of several handed out to Kirklees taxi drivers.
The top award, The Yvette Worrall Shield for best private hire company, was shared by Mount Cars, of Marsh, and Timmy’s Private Hire, of Sheepridge. Both received votes from taxi users with disabilities.
Michael James Hanson, of Mount Cars, was voted Taxi driver of the Year.
Long service awards were presented to Nicole Harrison, of Lockwood Taxis, and Rani Ghulam Fatima, who worked for Yorkies Private Hire, Moldgreen.