As the dignitaries arrived, they were accompanied by mounted police and announced by fanfares from the police trumpeters.  It was a formal and inspiring occasion.  As they entered the Assize Hall they were received by the Hon Recorder of Manchester, His Honour Judge David Stockdale QC.

The short but moving, and traditional, ceremony was attended by many of the Mayors of Greater Manchester, the Judiciary, past High Sheriffs and friends and family of the present High Sheriff.

As the High Sheriff and his wife arrived for the event, they were met by his Police Cadets, Shannon Donnelly and Natasha Watkins, who then escorted them into the Assize Hall.

The Cadets guarded the High Sheriff's portrait throughout the ceremony, whilst he signed the beautifully calligraphed Roll. The portrait will eventually join all those of the previous High Sheriffs along one of the corridors in Crown Square.

Well done to Cadets Natasha and Shannon for doing such a splendid job and representing the VPC cadets so professionally.

Arriving at Assize Hall
Arriving at Assize Hall
Guarding the High Sheriff's portrait
Guarding the High Sheriff's portrait