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First Assistant sworn in as High Sheriff of Lancashire

Anthony Attard OBE DL, CEO of Panaz and First Assistant to the Furniture Makers, has been sworn in as the new High Sheriff of Lancashire.

Each year HM The Queen chooses the High Sheriff of Lancashire – a role dating back over 1,000 years.

Tony was sworn in at a special ceremony on Friday 6 April 2018, and took over the office from the incumbent High Sheriff, Robert Mitchel Webb JP DL.

Tony said: “To become High Sheriff of Lancashire is a great honour and one that I will always hold very dear. This historical privilege is a great and ancient tradition and to follow in the footsteps of so many great Lancastrians is quite a daunting prospect.

“I will do my utmost to carry on the excellent work my immediate past Sheriffs have achieved and uphold the objectives of the position. In my year of responsibility I will endeavour to work closely with the judiciary and to create lasting relationships with all of Lancashire’s diverse cultures and religious groups.”

The High Sheriff of Lancashire is appointed personally by The Queen, the role includes a duty to ‘protect and assist in upholding the dignity and well-being of Her Majesty’s Judges and to project the principles of encouraging responsible citizenship and respect for the diversity of the community which lie at the heart of our Constitution’. The office of High Sheriff is an unpaid and voluntary role.