Surinder Kaur Dhesi

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Surinder Kaur Dhesi

Councilor Surinder Kaur Dhesi was elected Town Lord Mayor of Banbury, Oxfordshire (England), for the year 2004/05. She made history by becoming the first Sikh lady to be Mayor in England, and the first Sikh and non-white Mayor in the district of Oxfordshire. She has been on the town council and district council for twelve years, and was also the first Sikh and non-white councillor in Banbury at that time.

Surinder Kaur was born in Moran Wali near the Banga town in Indian Punjab. She is daughter of late Sohan Singh and Bibi Jaswant Kaur Rai of Derby. She moved to Banbury when she got married to Balbir Singh Dhesi (village Dhesian Kahna, district Jalandhar, Panjab). They have two sons, Benjit Singh and Manvir Singh Khalsa.

Banbury is a small affluent market town in North Oxfordshire, which has around 60 Sikh families.


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