THE NEW High Sheriff of East Sussex was formally declared at Lewes Crown Court by High Court Judge Sir Adrian Fulford on Monday.
David Allam will serve as High Sheriff for the county and the City of Brighton and Hove for the next year. Succeeding Mrs Kathy Gore of Framfield, Mr Allam is a resident of Bishopstone village.
The role is the oldest secular office appointed by the Crown dating back more than 1,000 years.
In the past it was a highly responsible and powerful position. Today the office is largely ceremonial but has a responsible role in supporting the public sector and encouraging the voluntary sector.
Mr Allam is a retired solicitor and a former Justices Chief Executive for the county. A former Chairman of the South of England Show. he has been involved for some years in several East Sussex charities.
He has always been passionately interested in history and feels greatly honoured to take up such an historic Royal Appointment in Diamond Jubilee year. He is expected to take up several hundred public engagements in his year in office.