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New Mayor of Harrow appointed in special ceremony

In a ceremony held at the annual council meeting on Thursday, May 16, Cllr Salim Chowdhury was officially appointed as the new Mayor of Harrow.

The event marked the transition of mayoral responsibilities from the former Mayor, Cllr Ramji Chauhan, to Cllr Chowdhury, who received the Mayoral Robe and Chain.

Cllr Chowdhury, 50, takes his place in Harrow’s history as the borough’s first British Bangladeshi Mayor. His election to the position reflects his longstanding commitment to the community, a journey that began when he first moved to Harrow at the age of 17.

Known for his dedication to public service, Cllr Chowdhury first served on the council from 2006 to 2010 and was re-elected in 2022. He represents the Centenary ward, having previously served in Pinner South ward.

Beyond his council duties, Cllr Chowdhury is a local entrepreneur who owns two restaurants in Harrow. His personal and professional life in the borough underscores his deep connection to the community he now leads.

As Harrow’s 72nd Mayor, Cllr Chowdhury’s mayoral theme is ‘Unity and Diversity’. He is committed to fostering community cohesion and has chosen London’s Community Kitchen as his mayoral charity. This organisation is dedicated to combating food poverty, aligning with his commitment to social welfare and community support.

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Cllr Salim Chowdhury, Mayor of Harrow. Image: Harrow Council

Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Salim Chowdhury said, “It’s a privilege and honour to be appointed as the new Mayor of Harrow – and the first British-Bengali mayor.

“As such, I’m reminded of just how diverse our borough is and why we should always celebrate this. I am looking forward to meeting people and community groups – it is these people that make Harrow so special.

“I would like to thank the outgoing mayor who I have been supporting this last year as deputy. I will continue both his and the legacy of previous mayors to bring people together. While I look forward to starting my Mayoral year, I encourage everyone to support my charity, London’s Community Kitchen who do incredible things to help those most in need.”

“Finally, I would also like to thank everyone who has supported me and my family over the years and given their trust in me to take on this role.”

At the ceremony, Jesmin Chowdhury was appointed Mayoress alongside her husband, Cllr Salim Chowdhury.

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