CHESHIRE’S new High Sheriff was ‘pricked’ into action by the Queen during an ancient ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Gordon Fergusson, of Taporley, was nominated in a ceremony at London’s High Court to take his place in history as one of the latest incumbents of the oldest secular office in Britain.
And earlier this month that nomination was officially confirmed by Her Majesty as she used a silver bodkin to ‘prick’ his name on a parchment list of all new High Sheriffs for England and Wales.
Mr Fergusson will now make a declaration in accordance with the 1887 Sheriffs Act some time during the next few weeks and take office after that.
The ceremony, carried out by The Queen at the Privy Council at Buckingham Palace, dates back to the reign of Queen Victoria and is the way monarchs give their Royal seal of approval to incoming High Sheriffs.
High Sheriffs rank among top dignitaries in their areas.
They are also expected to attend royal visits to their counties, as well as being entitled to act as returning officers in parliamentary elections.