High Sheriff of East Sussex named in ancient ceremony

The name of the new High Sheriff for East Sussex was written into history this week at a glittering, tradition-packed, nomination ceremony at London’s High Court that has been taking place since before the Norman Conquest.

Christopher John Gebbie OBE, of Ringmer, will take office next year as one of the latest holders of the oldest continuous secular office under the Crown in Britain.

In one of the most ancient official ceremonies still practised in this country, which dates back more than 1,000 years, judges and court officials presided over the formal nomination of 51 High Sheriffs and their deputies from all over England and Wales.