Friday, November 19, 2010

First turban-wearing Sikh to be UK High Sheriff

London: Resham Singh Sandhu, a prominent Indian-origin multicultural leader selected as the new High Sheriff of Leicestershire.He will be the first turban-wearing Sikh in the UK to hold the office of High Sheriff.
Sandhu, who was awarded the MBE in 2002, migrated to Leicestershire from Punjab 38 years ago.He was a former chairman of Leicester's council of faiths;was commissioned in 2006 as the Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Leicestershire.
He told the media in Leicester."It's a great honour and privilege. This is going to set a good image of Great Britain. People can see that if you really work hard and deserve it, you can become a civic dignitary. It promotes multi-culturalism,"
He added: "My family in Punjab always worked with communities and to help other people. When I came over here I wanted to do the same. I didn't do it because I wanted to be recognised for it I never expected that".
Sandhu will succeed Colonel Robert Martin in either March or April next year and will be expected to attend royal visits and be entitled to act as a returning officer in parliamentary elections.He will wear the same ceremonial uniform for the role of High Sheriff.

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