The High Sheriff's Legal Service, Derby Cathedral
PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 December 2014
The Legal Service 'In thanksgiving for our freedom under the law, the Queen's peace and our national heritage' is one of the most significant occasions in the High Sheriff's year of office
The High Sheriff’s Legal Service 2014
Alan and Sheila Woods and Brigadier Edward Wilkinson
Robert and Alice Shields
Alistair and Nicola Coleman
Sarah Elkington and Gareth Coleman
Sandy Williamson-Noble and Sue Wardle
The Revd Jonathan Page with his wife Carole
David and Hilary Coleman
Michael Hall, High Sheriff of Northamptonshire Anne Burnett, Michael Cannon
Richard and Liz Fothergill and the Right Reverend Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby
High Sheriff of Staffordshire Annie Fisher and Fiona Stephenson
Members of the Derbyshire Federation of WIs
Vergers Matthew Manson, John Hawes and Dave Long
Members of Derby Mountain Rescue Tea:, Steve Hilditch, Christine Smith, Neil Onyon and Jonty Roe
Lt Col David Dawber, Gillian Wilson and Vice Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire Col John Wilson
Mayor of Ashbourne Cllr Sandra Spencer with her husband Martin
Fiona and Oliver Stephenson
Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire William Tucker and Jill Tucker
The Cathedral Procession walks along Iron Gate to the Cathedral
The Procession enters the Cathedral
High Sheriff David Coleman is shown to his seat by Under Sheriff Andrew Cochrane
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The High Sheriff’s Legal Service, Derby Cathedral
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John, xxx and Sheila Kirkland
Foundation Derbyshire's Rachael Grime with Leading Cadet Courtney Hodges and Cadet Warrant Officer Lucy Fisher
Dating back at least 1,000 years, the role of High Sheriff involves acting as the Sovereign’s representative in the county for the maintenance of law and order, and matters relating to the Judiciary.
The service organised by High Sheriff David Coleman QPM, DL took place on 12th October at The Cathedral Church of All Saints in Derby, and was preceded by a reception and luncheon at Masa Restaurant.
The service began with the traditional Cathedral and High Sheriff’s Processions. Members of the choir and clergy progressed through the street to the cathedral before moving through the nave to take up their places. They were followed by Justices of the Peace, Judges and High Sheriffs of neighbouring counties. A dramatic fanfare by members of the Derwent Brass ensemble began the service which also included stirring renditions of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No.4, John Bull’s ‘Pavane’, ‘All people that on earth do dwell’, ‘O worship the King’ and ‘For all the saints’. The cathedral choir also gave a lovely solo performance of the Kyrie from Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G.
The High Sheriff spoke of the importance of valuing the civil liberties that we all enjoy, of ‘acknowledging our debt to those who ensure their preservation’ and that ‘true liberty and justice are the gifts of God alone.’ The Very Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby, greeted the congregation and led the prayers, while the sermon – a moving personal story about discovering the meaning of Christianity in an unlikely place – was given by the Revd Jonathan Page SCP, High Sheriff’s Chaplain.
As the service concluded members of the Derbyshire Federation of Women’s Institutes prepared to serve tea and homemade cakes to the congregation on behalf of the High Sheriff.