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The Office of High Sheriff of Lancashire

The High Sheriff of Lancashire has ancient origins and is personally appointed by the Queen in her Right as Duke of Lancaster. The office, as Keeper of the Queens Peace, is unpaid and held for one year.


Continuing centuries of tradition as the new High Sheriff of Lancashire takes office

A successful business entrepreneur from Blackpool has officially taken up the office as Lancashire's new High Sheriff on Friday 8th April 2016 .

And, in a speech to guests at County Hall in Preston, John Barnett MBE DL pledged to do what he can for the people of Blackpool and Lancashire in the coming 12 months.

He said: “Whether it is helping individuals to find work or boosting Tourism, attracting more visitors to Lancashire, or by supporting the many unpaid carers... it is important to me that the role of High Sheriff has a relevance and importance in the 21st Century.” John continued “I can only achieve this through the help and support of the business sector working closely with the voluntary and public sector”

Although many of the powers of the High Sheriff have been reduced over the years, the holder still performs many important functions in the County.

The role is carried out on a voluntary basis and the High Sheriff does not receive any salary or expenses and funds the role personally.

In his time as High Sheriff, John will continue the work initiated by his predecessor Amanda Parker JP who introduced social media into the role and informed people about her work through Twitter
@HSLancs as well as launching a website for the High Sheriff of Lancashire -

At the installation ceremony, the Queen’s Commission was read by David Cam the Under Sheriff in the presence of three Commissioners, the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire and other dignitaries.