Jaswant Singh Birdi, a Sikh councillor from Coventry, has made history by becoming the city’s first turban-wearing Lord Mayor. Having lived in Coventry for 60 years and served as a local councillor for 16 years, Birdi recently assumed his new role alongside his wife Krishna, who became the Lord Mayoress.
He expressed his pride in becoming the Lord Mayor of his adopted city and his desire to promote its people and multiculturalism. Birdi has actively contributed to various religious, social, and community projects in Coventry. As the city’s ambassador, he has chosen to support charities such as the Muscular Dystrophy charity, the Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind, and the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Charity.
Birdi, who previously served as Deputy Lord Mayor, received the Chains of Office during a ceremony at Coventry Cathedral, attended by his family. He succeeds Councillor Kevin Maton as the Lord Mayor, while Councillor Mal Mutton has been appointed as the Deputy Lord Mayor for the upcoming year.
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