Chigwell boy with manifesto becomes newest children’s mayor in London
PUBLISHED: 17:41 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:41 30 May 2018
A nine-year-old Chigwell boy has been crowned the first children’s mayor in London.
Kishan Shah beat off competition from thousands of entries with his manifesto to become KidZania London city mayor.
KidZania – an indoor theme park for children in west London – has launched the nationwide search to celebrate its annual pass scheme, which gives young explorers aged between four and 14 unlimited access to the KidZania city for 12 months.
Applicants had to submit the top three things they would do to make improvements to the city and Kishan won with ideas including free fruit whilst waiting in a queue, bolder signs to water fountain locations, and a mayor’s comment box for children to share their opinions and ideas.
“I think Kidzania is an amazing place and I am so happy to be crowned as its mayor,” said Kishan.
“I would make an excellent mayor as I am calm, friendly and approachable.
“I am also prepared to put in the hard work that being mayor would involve.”
As mayor Kishan will receive his very own free annual pass as well as the key to the KidZania city and mayoral robes to wear at special events.
His new role will cover all the things you might expect – from opening new attractions within the theme park to communicating all the latest events taking place.
Mum Brijal Shah said: “I’m so proud of Kishan.
“He is an incredible boy with so much to give and I know he’ll do a brilliant job for KidZania.”
In addition to the annual pass, Kishan also received a class trip for all his schoolmates and a gold package birthday party.
Eddie Kemsley, CEO at KidZania London, added: “We received so many wonderful applications for the mayor position and we thank everyone for their efforts.
“However, there can only be one mayor and we are so happy for Kishan to come on board the KidZania London team.
“His personality really shone through in his application and we loved his ideas about introducing a mayor’s comment box in the city.
“We know he’ll be an enthusiastic voice for the people and we can’t wait for him to get started.”