Worcester appoints new Mayor

Worcester’s new Mayor has taken up office in the Parlour at the Guildhall.

The appointment marks Councillor Allah Ditta’s second term in office, having become the city’s first Asian mayor in 2004.

He was first elected to Worcester City Council in 2000. Mr Ditta was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and moved to Worcester in 1967.

He has been both employed and self employed, running a grocery store and a city taxi firm.

Cllr Allah Ditta was voted in at the Annual Council meeting on 14 May, taking over the chain of office from outgoing Mayor, Cllr Jabba Riaz. Cllr Jo Hodges has become Worcester’s new Deputy Mayor.

Cllr Allah Ditta said: “I look forward to a challenging but fulfilling year as Mayor of Worcester.

“My door is open and one of my aims will be to strengthen communication between Worcester’s communities, bringing people together from all parts of the city.”

Cllr Ditta’s nominated charities during his mayoral year will be St. Richard’s Hospice, Worcester Wheels and Headway Worcestershire. He will also be raising funds to support Worcester Cathedral.

He is a member of Disability Sport Worcester, the West Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, and the Cemeteries and Crematorium Forum.

He is married to Naseem Akhtar, who will be Mayoress. The couple have six children and twelve grandchildren.