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Kingston's dancing Mayor goes out with a bang 

The retiring Mayor’s dinner was less of a retiring affair, and more a fun-filled night in which guests danced the night away to Bollywood music and choreography.

No less could be expected of Kingston’s former Mayor, Cllr Roy Arora, who shot to national fame when he tripped the light fantastic to Billie Jean at the Mayor’s Ball. Social media made sure his dance moves went national, and Monday night’s celebratory dinner lived up to expectations.

During his year with the Mayoress, Manisha Arora, Cllr Arora attended more than 600 engagements. Together they raised more than £70,000 in twelve months for Kingston Hospital’s Dementia Appeal - the most amount of money raised by a Kingston Mayor. The Holiday Inn in Kingston South was packed with 87 guests who enjoyed a dinner and final send off for Cllr Arora on Monday night. 

“It’s been a truly memorable year for the Mayoresses and I in which so much good has happened – I don’t know where to begin. Kingston is filled with so many wonderful people and as Mayor it was my privilege to meet many of them,” said Cllr Arora.

“This was our chance to make a real difference for our chosen charity, Kingston Hospital’s Dementia Appeal, and I’m delighted by the amount raised during my time as first citizen. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout my time as mayor and to wish our current Mayor, Cllr Geoff Austin, the best of luck.”

Kingston’s Mayor, Cllr Geoff Austin, added:

“He’s going to be a tough act to follow! Roy has been an inspiration over this past year. If I raise half the amount he managed in my time as Kingston’s Mayor for my chosen charity, Momentum, I’ll be very happy indeed.”