HIGHWYCOMBE: Former deputy mayor Councillor Sarfaraz Khan Raja took the chains from Cllr Brian Pearce at the mayor making ceremony in the town centre following a unanimous vote.
Cllr Raja was sworn in as mayor at a meeting of the Charter Trustees, which was followed by the official “weigh in” and Cllr Marten Clarke was named the deputy mayor.
In an ancient tradition that is unique to High Wycombe, residents get to see if politicians and dignitaries have been overindulging during their time in office, as they take a seat on the scales in front of the crowds. Dozens of people gathered in Frogmoor to see which politicians had behaved themselves and which had overindulged.
Both Cllrs Raja and Pearce maintained their weight but Wycombe MP Steve Baker was found to have binged in the past year, with the town crier announcing: “And some more!” Speaking about his appointment, Cllr Raja said: “It’s brilliant. It’s a great honour for me to become the mayor of the town of High Wycombe.
My plan is hopefully to highlight the good work that volunteers do in our community, because volunteers spend so much time doing charity work and other work but they’re not highlighted.” And paying tribute to his predecessor, he said: “Brian was an excellent mayor. The times I had to go and deputise for him he would always give me hints on what to do and what not to do. “He’s a lovely gentleman, just a brilliant person.”
Wycombe MP Steve Baker said: “Our traditional weighing in of the mayor, councillors, MP and other local figures is unique in the UK and great fun.
“Time and again, people suggest it for all MPs, on Parliament Square. Strangely, my Parliamentary colleagues are resistant. Congratulations to Brian on his successes this year and I look forward to Sarfaraz representing our town as first citizen.”