Dr Barry Johnson named Lancashire's new High Sheriff

Dr Barry Johnson Image copyright Lancashire County Council
Image caption Dr Barry Johnson is chairman of the World Horse Welfare

Lancashire's new High Sheriff has been named by the county council.

Dr Barry Johnson, of Bilsborrow, Preston replaces Ann Dean in the role, which dates back to Saxon times.

He is a retired vet and current chairman of the World Horse Welfare which rescues and re-homes horses.

During his veterinary career Dr Johnson was vet to Lancashire Constabulary's mounted section. He will be officially sworn in on 11 April at a ceremony at Lancashire's County Hall in Preston.

The office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political royal appointment for a year.

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