Harrow’s new Mayor pledges to support the vulnerable


Labour Councillor Kareema Marikar pledged to support sick children and the homeless as she was handed the robe and chain to become the new Mayor of Harrow at a special ceremony last night.

The Worshipful The Mayor Marikar was praised during her nomination as a popular and well known figure across West Harrow who would bring “great colour and excitement” to the role. At the mayor-making ceremony which took place yesterday (24th May at the Civic Centre), she named the Rainbow Trust, which supports families with seriously ill children, and FirmFoundation, which supports the homeless in Harrow, as her Mayoral charities.

Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Kareema Marikar said:

“What a great honour to be elected as the new Mayor of Harrow – it fills me with great pride and joy. Harrow has been my home for the last 28 years, and I am proud to represent one of London’s most diverse boroughs.

“As a councillor I have met so many great people and organisations, and now during my term as Mayor, I am looking forward to getting to know my community even better!”

Her mayor-making ceremony drew culturally from her roots in Sri Lanka – featuring drummers, candle-lighting and a conch-shell to herald the start of her term. She paid tribute to her community’s acceptance and tolerance as she talked about her life bringing up her “three wonderful children as a proud single mother”.

To make a special appeal to raise money for the Mayor’s chosen charities, you can email the Mayor’s Office, mayor@harrow.gov.uk.