High Wycombe; High Wycombe welcomed a new mayor during one of the town’s oldest traditions. 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 this morning, 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.