New Mayor of Kingston installed at Annual Council
Councillor Roy Arora was officially installed as the Mayor of Kingston at Annual Council yesterday evening (Tuesday 19 May).
Councillor Arora, a New Malden resident for over 14 years, and previously a student at Kingston Polytechnic, will be joined by Councillor Mary Clark, from Old Malden Ward as Deputy Mayor.
Councillor Arora’s wife, Manisha Arora and daughter, Sonali Arora were also present at the ceremony and were appointed jointly as Mayoress.
Councillor Arora, a Coombe Vale Ward Councillor, expressed his delight at becoming the Mayor of Kingston:
“I am absolutely delighted and humbled to be have been chosen by the Council to represent our fantastic borough as Mayor and first citizen for the next year – I can think of no greater honour. Celebrating and supporting the fantastic cultural diversity in our borough, one of our greatest strengths, will be a huge part of my year as Mayor.
“As well as attending as many events and getting to know as many of our residents as possible I will also act as an ambassador for the borough further afield. I will promote Kingston, Surbiton, New Malden and all of the other towns that, together, make our borough such a fantastic place to visit, live and do business in.
“My main charity for the year will be the Kingston Hospital Charity Dementia Appeal and I am looking forward to building greater support and recognition for this wonderful charity.
“Finally, I must pay tribute to my predecessor Councillor Ken Smith who did a fantastic job over the last year, worked tirelessly with local people and groups and was an outstanding representative for our borough.”