Buckingham Palace trip for Luton community worker

Ashuk Ahmed collects his MBE

Award-winning Luton community worker Ashuk Ahmed has visited Buckingham Palace to receive an extra special accolade - an MBE.

The father-of-four was recognised for his outstanding services to young people. He collected the honour from the Prince of Wales, who offered personal congratulations after hearing that one of his projects - Diverse FM, Luton's first full-time community radio station - was supported by The Prince's Trust.

Ashuk, of Austin Road, is the driving force behind a number of nationally recognised Luton-based initiatives to bring young people together. He was instrumental in setting up the Mitalee Youth Association Summer School as well as a youth exchange programme with Bangladesh.

He said: "It was really good. The ceremony took place in a fabulous room with the most beautiful artwork. The whole process was fascinating - all the protocols. We were told what was to happen and how we should address Prince Charles - either as Sir or Your Royal Highness."

The Mitalee Youth Association has received a number of prestigious awards including regional winner in the Nationwide Community & Heritage Awards 2008, the Best of Luton Awards in 2006, the Philip Lawrence Awards in 2005 and the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2004.