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Solihull Mayor looks back on 'whirlwind' first month

Solihull Editorial 24th Jun, 2024   0

A ‘WHIRLWIND of experiences, emotions, and duties’ – those are the words Solihull Mayor, Councillor Shahin Ashraf has described her first month in office.

The Mayor has spoken out about her time and how eclectic her days have been from speeches, conversations, introductions, and more both in the council chamber and across the borough.

Coun Ashraf said: “Reflecting on this month, I am filled with pride and joy.

“My inaugural speech on unity has become a cornerstone of my messages, echoing through every event and interaction. Representing the borough of Solihull has been an incredible journey, and I have cherished every moment.

“I want to thank the Civic Office – none of this would be possible without the support of the Mayoral team.”

There was no time to rest after being given the prestigious role as the day after her appointment the Mayor was booked into preside over her first citizenship ceremony to welcome new citizens to the borough which she described as ‘a poignant reminder of the diverse and dynamic fabric of our community’.

Her first week ended on a different note at the 103rd Cyclists Memorial Service where hundreds of cyclists from all over the UK come together in Meriden to pay tribute to fallen cyclists during a special service to commemorate those who have died in combat.

She also looked back on reopening of HSBC on Solihull High Street, celebrating Felicia George’s 100th birthday and attending the Halal Food Festival and the Berkswell Annual Prosecution of Felons Dinner.

She also was part of the D-Day celebrations in Elmdon Park.

Coun Ashraf said: “The D-Day Celebration was particularly moving, as we remembered those who gave their lives during the D-Day landings.

“Their sacrifice allows us to enjoy the peace and freedom we have today. The lighting of the beacon and the Shirley Royal British Legion D-Day service brought these reflections closer to home, connecting us deeply with our history.”

The Mayor also spoke about her time at the Council in the chamber welcoming distinguished guests, the 41 Club, including Baroness Gohir, Professor Khursheed Wadia from the University of Warwick and various other guests as well as the Deputy Lieutenant Clive Stone.

She added: “We also had delightful and thought-provoking debates with students from Solihull Prep School and Widney Junior School.

“These young minds passionately argued topics such as having a pet, extending library hours, and adding extra time for sports. It was a joy to see them step into roles as Mayors and mace bearers, embodying the future leaders of our community.

“In addition to this spirit of inclusivity, we were honoured to have Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, visit Multimodal 2024 at the NEC in her capacity as patron of Transaid.

“Her Royal Highness’s presence underscores the importance of supporting and integrating all communities. This visit highlights the collaborative efforts across various sectors to ensure everyone feels valued and respected.”

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