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Southampton welcomes the Sheriffs to city

Southampton City Council proudly hosted the Annual General Meeting of the National Association of the City and Town Sheriffs of England and Wales (NACTSEW) last weekend. Southampton is one of only 15 locations across England and Wales that has a Sheriff. In Southampton the Sheriff is appointed annually and is elected from the 48 councillors in the city. This year’s Sheriff, Councillor Peter Baillie, led the weekend’s activities.

The weekend commenced on Friday evening at 6.30pm in the Mayor’s parlour in the Civic centre with a welcome reception. Saturday’s activities included an hour long walking tour, starting at 2pm outside the Civic centre, and took in Sea City museum and a tour of the City Walls, including Tudor House and Westgate Hall.

The 34th Annual Association dinner was hosted at the Novotel on Saturday evening, with guest speaker Frannie Benali. The dinner featured a fund raising event, with £530 raised for the Mayor and Sheriff’s chosen charities, Rose Road Association and Sunday Lunch Project. The event concluded on Sunday morning with the Sheriffs visiting St Michael’s church, opposite Tudor House. They donned their robes in Tudor House before a short parade to St Michaels’ church for the Sunday morning service.

Councillor Peter Baillie, who is the 581st Sheriff of Southampton, said: “It was fantastic to have Southampton as the venue for this year’s AGM. As well as showcasing some of the history and attractions in the city, the event also gave members a chance to meet and exchange views and experiences regarding their own year in office, and to address issues common to all.”

Shirley Pinn, Managing Director at Destination Southampton Conference Bureau, who helped organise the event, said: “We’re delighted to have welcomed the National Association of City and Town Sheriffs of England and Wales to our city this weekend, assisting the team at Southampton City Council to put plans in place has been a real pleasure.”