- Former Gurkha Sgt Major Gyanraj Rai with Mayor Gul Khan and council leader Andrew Cumpsty
A former Gurkha Sergeant Major showed off his military bearing when he escorted the Mayor into the council chamber in Reading on Tuesday.
Gyranraj Rai, 52, of Oxford Road, West Reading, carried out his first ceremonial duty as a mace-bearer.
He announced the arrival of the Mayor, Councillor Gul Khan, in tones that recalled his background on the parade ground.
Mr Rai’s father was elected vice-chairman in the Nepalese parliament.
Reading has a team of mace- bearers which include serving and former council officers.
The mace represents the power and the status of the monarch.
Leader of the council Cllr Andrew Cumpsty said: “Reading has a well-established Nepalese community and I’m delighted one of their members has joined our mace- bearing team.
“This role is steeped in tradition and I know Mr Rai will carry out his duties with dignity and respect.
“He can be assured of a very warm welcome from everyone on the council.”