Sayonara Luxton, who was born in Goa and moved to England in 1993, has taken over as the mayor of the royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, marking a new stage of political engagement by Indian-origin individuals in Britain.
A councillor from Sunningdale in the royal borough, Luxton’s new position comes days after Goa-origin Rianna D’Souza became one of Britain’s youngest councillors after being elected to St Ives Town Council, north of London.
The royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to the west of London includes Windsor Castle, Eton College, Legoland and Ascot Racecourse.
Luxton, clad in the ceremonial attire of a mayor, said it was a “great honour” to become the face of the royal borough: “When I left Goa 40 years ago, I could not in my wildest dreams have dreamt that I could hold such a high office.
“I mean look at me, the mayoral robe was not designed for my stature, but I promise you that I hold the heart and soul and I will give everything. I will be working on a special project in Her Majesty’s honour and further details will be released soon.”
Luxton moved from Goa to Dubai at the age of 21 to join other members of her family and had a successful career with Airbus Industries. She met her husband Ian in Dubai and they have four daughters. She is now serving her third term as Sunningdale councillor and served as the deputy mayor in 2015-16.
In St Ives, A-level student D’Souza told the media she was "shocked" when declared elected, but now has plans for road safety and street lighting in the town.