High Sheriff role is a ‘great honour’

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A LEADING light in the arts is preparing for a busy year as High Sheriff of Rutland.

Peter Lawson’s year as the Queen’s representative in the county will begin on Friday, April 8 with a declaration ceremony at Oakham Castle.

Peter plans to visit voluntary groups across the county over the year.

He said: “My role is to develop relationships, encourage people in their work and act as a link to the community.”

He also intends to maintain strong links with the fire, police and ambulance services, visit Stocken Prison, St George’s Barracks, RAF Cottesmore and youth groups.

He said: “I am very much looking forward to this year and consider it a great privilege and a great honour to be appointed by the Queen. It’s wonderful that in this age when so many things are so commercial that the joy and reward of participating voluntarily can still be so well recognised.”

Peter, 68, of The Green, Lyddington, has been chairman of Arts4Rutland for six years and is chairman of both the Rutland Open Studios artists’ project and Music In Lyddington concert series.

A former Oakham School pupil, Peter went on to work in IT. He retired in 2005 and moved to Lyddington.

His wife Anne and three sons will attend the ceremony at Oakham Castle. It follows a nomination ceremony at the High Court in London in October last year.

The current High Sheriff for Rutland, Sarah Forsyth, will organise the ceremony and present awards before handing over.

The declaration will be followed by a service in Oakham School chapel.

Events for the year range from traditional church services and the High Sheriff’s dinner to a fundraising casino night and a celebration of the Queen’s 85th birthday.

The High Sheriff’s charity, in association with Leicestershire, is Crimebeat.

There is also a rutlandhighsheriff.com website.

The role of High Sheriff is unpaid and costs the taxpayer nothing.