Over 100 past and present Sheriffs from the 15 cities and towns that hold the office met in Poole last weekend for the annual convention of the United Kingdom’s remaining Sheriffs.
Accompanied by consorts and friends, current and past Sheriffs from Nottingham, Canterbury, Lincoln, Lichfield, Southampton, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Norwich, Haverfordwest, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Camarthen, Chester, Oxford, Gloucester and York were welcomed by the Sheriff of Poole, Cllr Xena Dion.
Organised by the National Association of Town and City Sheriffs, the weekend included their annual general meeting, along with opportunities to enjoy Poole’s beautiful natural harbour, the Quay, beaches and shopping facilities.
“It was a huge privilege to be part of such a rare gathering”, said Sheriff of Poole, Cllr Xena Dion. “In meeting people wearing the robes and chains of office from the other cities and towns that keep the role of Sheriff alive, it struck me how each of them represent an incredibly long, sometimes bloody, but fascinating history. The convention also helped provide a boost for Poole’s local restaurants, hotels and shops as many of those attending made use of their free time to enjoy our town.”
The annual convention ended with the current sheriffs dressing in full regalia and, joined by the High Sheriff of Dorset, Jennifer Coombs, parading from the Guildhall to St James’ Church for a service in which the sermon was delivered by the Dean of Salisbury, the Very Rev June Osborne.