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New High Sheriff of Lancashire is sworn in

King Charles appointed his first High Sheriff of Lancashire, as David Taylor CBE DL, was sworn in last Friday (31 March).

David Taylor will take over from Martin Ainscough DL.

Steeped in history, the role of High Sheriff dates back 1,000 years. Each year HM The King personally appoints the High Sheriff of Lancashire, with this being the first of King Charles' reign.

The High Sheriff is HM the Kings’s representative in the county, overseeing all matters relating to the Judiciary and the maintenance of law and order.

In current times, the office of High Sheriff is held for one year and their main role is to protect and assist in upholding the dignity and wellbeing of HM Judges, together with other public duties.

They support and encourage the voluntary sector and statutory organisations who work in Lancashire.

The incoming High Sheriff of Lancashire said: “It is a great honour to be appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire, a position that dates back over a millennia. 

"I am proud to add my name to the list of outstanding occupants of the role.  In my time as High Sheriff I will work closely with the Police and emergency services supporting the work they do to keep the people of our county safe. 

"I will also work closely with and support community groups and the voluntary sector throughout the county.   These groups help to sustain our diverse county and cohesion between our communities."

Mr Taylor  Is currently Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The office of High Sheriff is held for one year. It is purely voluntary and does not receive any salary or expenses.