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Award for man behind transformation of Woking mosque

Brigadier Muslim Salamat with Woking Mayor Mohammed Iqbal
Image caption Brig Salamat has been credited with unifying Woking's Muslim community

A senior Muslim who oversaw the refurbishment of a Woking mosque has been given an Eminent Citizen award.

Retired Brigadier Muslim Salamat is credited with transforming the Shah Jahan Mosque, said to be the first built in Northern Europe since 1984.

He was handed the honour at a civic awards ceremony hosted by the town's mayor, Councillor Mohammed Iqbal.

The event, which took place at H.G. Wells Conference and Events Centre, also recognised other Woking achievers.

Younger winners included Woking Youth Council member Catherine Jelly and gymnast Tobias Brewer.

St John the Baptist Catholic School pupil Jack Bradley won a Triumph over Adversity award for his battle with fibula hemimelia, a condition which means his right leg is shorter and turned inwards.

Mr Iqbal, said: "They are a shining example to others in Woking through the hard work and dedication they show."

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