The new mayor of Milton Keynes has pledged to work with the diverse communities to promote ‘our wonderful city’.
Last week in the council chamber, Subhan Shafiq took over from Councillor Brian White, after supporting him as the Deputy Mayor over the past year.
And on Saturday, Mr Shafiq attended his first official event as mayor at West Bletchley Carnival.
“It was very wet, but I brought the sun as I arrived!” joked Mr Shafiq.
“It was a very good and colourful event with lots of people - I really enjoyed it.”
Councillor Shafiq originally hails from West Yorkshire, but has lived in the city for 25 years with his wife and three children.
Mr Shafiq, a keen cricketer and president of both MK Azad and Westcroft Cricket Clubs, has chosen his charities for Mayoral Year as Willen Hospice and national charity MacIntyre, which caters for children and adults with learning difficulties.
“It is an honour to be representing the city of Milton Keynes,” said Mr Shafiq.
“I will be working across all communities to best highlight and promote our wonderful city.
“It’s not just infrastructure that makes a city – it is the community within and we will work to protect and grow our sense of community, for it is Milton Keynes’ greatest source of strength.
“I look forward to working with my chosen charities and the Mayoral year ahead.”