The retiring Mayor’s dinner saw Bollywood dancers and record breaking announcements.

Councillor Roy Arora, who handed his chains to new mayor Geoff Austin in May, said his official goodbyes and thankyous during a dinner hosted at the Portsmouth Road Holiday Inn on Monday night.

Cllr Arora’s record-breaking achievements during his tenure include raising more than £70,000 for the Kingston Hospital dementia appeal, attending 600-plus engagements and making a marathon 24-minute leaving speech at full council.

The retirement dinner also gave the former mayor another chance to show off his famous dance moves.

He sensationally challenged the mayors of neighbouring boroughs to a dance off in April when a clip of Cllr Arora shimmying, shaking and moonwalking to Michael Jackson’s 1983 classic Billie Jean was posted on Facebook.

During an emotive leaving speech Cllr Arora gave thanks to everyone who had helped during his record-breaking year, particularly his wife, mayoress Manisha Arora.

He said: “To be able to serve this borough as a councillor was amazing but to be able to be mayor was unbelievable.

“We have raised £70,500 in a year for the dementia appeal. But what is more important than the money is the awareness.

"People are finally talking about dementia.”