Doc­tor is ap­pointed the new High Sher­iff of the re­gion

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ASTOCKPORT doc­tor has been cho­sen by the Queen to be­come the next High Sher­iff of Greater Manch­ester.

Dr Robina Shah, a Manch­ester Univer­sity grad­u­ate from Stock­port, who is a Deputy Lieu­tenant of Greater Manch­ester and a Hon­orary Fel­low of the Royal Col­lege of Gen­eral Prac­ti­tion­ers, was picked by the Queen in a cer­e­mony called Prick­ing of the Lites.

Dr Shah also holds a num­ber of other po­si­tions, in­clud­ing be­ing Fel­low of the Royal So­ci­ety of Medicine Open Sec­tion Coun­cil and A Jus­tice of the Peace.

The role of the High Sher­iff, which is un­paid, is largely cer­e­mo­nial and a new High Sher­iff is picked on a yearly ba­sis.

Of­fi­cially, the High Sher­iff is the Queen’s ju­di­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the county.

This means they up­hold the royal fam­ily, ju­di­ciary, emer­gency ser­vices, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and all or­gan­ised faith groups in their county.

The role can be traced back 1,000 years, with High Sher­iffs be­ing men­tioned in the me­dieval Magna Carta.

Dr Shah said: “I am truly hon­oured and hum­bled to be ap­pointed by Her Majesty the Queen to take the role of High Sher­iff.

“It is a huge priv­i­lege to be the cus­to­dian of this his­toric pub­lic ser­vice role and I promise to serve the peo­ple of Greater Manch­ester with dig­nity, hu­mil­ity and sin­cer­ity through­out my year of of­fice.

“I will use this role as an op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote pro­grammes run by our ex­cel­lent vol­un­teers in or­gan­i­sa­tions that help vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple – es­pe­cially chil­dren, the frail and el­derly, car­ers and oth­ers ex­pe­ri­enc­ing so­cial and ma­te­rial de­pri­va­tion.”

Coun Linda Holt, mayor of Stock­port, said: “I have known Robina for years as a very sup­port­ive Deputy Lieu­tenant on the Stock­port District Com­mit­tee.

“She is a reg­u­lar pres­ence at Stock­port’s Cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­monies and is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated and wel­comed by all.”

●● Dr Robina Shah

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