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.

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Jeff Ffoulkes · 3 April 2020 at 17:41

Congratulations to all involved in the ceremony, it was carried out with dignity and professionalism. Good luck Tony in your year as High Sheriff.

    Liz & Stuart Hitch · 4 April 2020 at 10:59

    What an innovative installation as High Sheriff. Well done! You and Helen look fab! We hope you have an uplifting year and that you are able to encourage everyone with whom you come into contact, virtually or in reality!

Martin Allsopp · 8 April 2020 at 07:47

Congratulations on your installation Tony. Hope you both have a rewarding and excellent year. Circumstances could mean it be a year of two halves but knowing you it will be a good one. Excellent Kaizen and Saihatsu Boshi to overcome the installation problem.

David Heaton · 10 April 2020 at 08:26

Congratulations Tony; God be with you in your role & I wish you every success.

Margaret Wright · 10 April 2020 at 21:48

Thank you for enabling me to see you installed as High Sheriff.
Alan and I wish you well for the year ahead.
I am sure you will do a good job
Thank you also to our minister, Tim Morris for the blessing. It ended, ‘ till we meet again”. Very apt!

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