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Mayor of Rugby welcomes Freeman of the Borough to the Town Hall

THE Mayor of Rugby has held a reception at the Town Hall for Freeman of the Borough and former Mayor, Dr James Shera.

Dr Shera Mayor's Parlour
(left to right) Dr Peter David, Cllr Morris Johns, the Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Carolyn Watson-Merret, Dr James Shera, Jonathan Addleton and Dr Nayer Fardows at the Town Hall. Published Thursday, 4th August 2022

Cllr Carolyn Watson-Merret welcomed Dr Shera, representatives from the Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) (FCCU), and prominent Pakistani community leaders in the UK to the Mayor's Parlour.
The reception was a belated celebration of the FCCU awarding Dr Shera with an honorary Ph.D in arts and letters in recognition of his services to community relations and interfaith relations.
Dr Shera received the Ph.D in 2020 but the pandemic meant he was presented with the honour during a 'virtual' ceremony.
Jonathan Addleton, FCCU's rector and president, and Dr Nayer Fardows, FCCU's registrar, took the opportunity to travel to Rugby to congratulate Dr Shera on his honorary Ph.D in person during a trip to the UK.
The delegation from the FCCU were joined at the Town Hall by Dr Peter David and Cllr Morris Johns, prominent Pakistani Christian leaders in the UK.
Cllr Watson-Merret said: "It was a pleasure to welcome Dr James Shera back to the Town Hall and invite the delegation for tea in the Mayor's Parlour.
"While Dr Shera's reputation in Rugby was forged during 40 years serving on the borough council, his dedication to promoting community and interfaith relations has had a real impact across the world, none more so than in the country of his birth, Pakistan.
"Dr Shera has received a host of honours over the years in recognition of his service, including being made an MBE, being awarded the prestigious Star of Pakistan and receiving the Freedom of the Borough, the highest honour the borough council can bestow.

"I'm delighted he now has an honorary Ph.D from the Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) and an honorary doctorate from Coventry University, awarded earlier this year, to add to his list of accolades."

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