On 2nd April 2020, the new High Sheriff was installed and sworn in virtually using Zoom.
Never done before, this was attended virtually by HHJ Nirmal Shant (Honorary Recorder of the City of Derby), Peter Leatherland JP (Chair Southern Derbyshire Magistrates), William Burlington (retiring High Sheriff), Liz Fothergill CBE DL (former High Sheriff) and her husband Richard, Rev Tim Morris (High Sheriff’s Chaplain), Andrew Cochrane (Under Sheriff) and the new High Sheriff, Tony Walker CBE DL and his wife Helen – each attending from their own homes.
The Under Sheriff led proceedings. Tony took the Oath of Office and Andrew was re-appointed; Judge Shant said a few words of thanks to William and of welcome to Tony; William the retiring High Sheriff reflected on his year and welcomed Tony to the role who then said a few words about his hopes and expectations for the year ahead. The ceremony concluded with Rev Tim Morris saying prayers and a blessing.