New Rugby mayor’s message of peace and pride

Rugby Mayor Cllr Ramesh Srivastava
Rugby Mayor Cllr Ramesh Srivastava

The new Mayor of Rugby has officially taken up his role.

Cllr Ramesh Srivastava hopes to spread a message of unity and peace during his year of office.

He said it was a privilege to receive the mayoral chains.

The borough’s new mayor for the next 12 months said: “I will be supporting the Friends of the Hospital of St Cross, who are launching a special fundraising project for their Diamond Jubilee.”

Cllr Srivastava came from India to Glasgow to study mechanical engineering at the Royal College of Science and Technology – now the University of Strathclyde.

“I am grateful to my father who supported me financially for the course,” he said.

“He gave me £4,000, which was a huge sum in those days. He would have been proud to see me today.”

After his degree, the councillor came to Rugby in 1967 to start work as a graduate apprentice at what was then the English Electric Company, now Alstom.

He got married in 1970 in India and retired in 2009 after working for over four decades.

Cllr Srivastava said: “I’ve had the privilege of working with people of many different backgrounds in this town, as a non-executive director in the NHS, as a school governor, as a magistrate on the Warwickshire bench and as a volunteer with voluntary organisations such as the Benn Partnership Centre.

“All of this has made me realise how lucky I am to live here and to have brought up my family here. My community work has also opened my eyes to the realities of life.”

He would like to thank people in Newbold and Brownsover ward for their support.

“Without them I would not be standing here as mayor today,” he said.

“Thanks also to all the friends and family including my lovely grandchildren, Anjali and Jai.”