A former Kingston Mayor has been recognised by Kingston University as a borough stalwart.

Roy Sanjeev Arora, a public servant councillor and former Mayor of Kingston was given an honorary degree by the university.

Cllr Arora has a connection to the area dating back almost 30 years to his studies at Kingston Polytechnic.

He was awarded a Doctor of the University honoris causa in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the area.

Described as a "tireless advocate for the borough", the councillor continues to work with and for the people of Kingston. He serves as councillor of Coombe Vale Ward and as a member and former chair of the development and control (planning) committee.

Cllr Arora said: “It was a great day and went extremely well. One of the key things I did as mayor and still do, is to raise awareness for dementia. This work led to Kingston Hospital opening their first specialised dementia ward.

“They have three future wards planned on the back of this. Many people in Kingston are affected by dementia so this was an important project. We have raised over £75,000 through the work.

“I have been part of the Kingston community for almost 30 years and has been a major part of my life.”