A prestigious Lancashire role will be held by a veterinarian for the first time in the title’s history.
Dr Barry Johnson will take up the role of High Sheriff when he is officially sworn-in on Friday, April 11 during a prestigious ceremony at County Hall, Preston.
The role of High Sheriff is to ‘protect and assist in upholding the dignity and well being of Her Majesty’s Judges and to represent The Queen’s executive powers in respect of the administration of justice in the county’.
In 1973, Dr Johnson started his own veterinary practice in the garage of his parents’ house in Myerscough, which grew to become one of the largest veterinary practices in the North West.
It was renamed Oakhill Veterinary Centre when it moved to Langley Lane, Goosnargh, in 1995.
He said: “My wife Carolyn and I are very proud to come from a long line of Lancastrians. I view it as an enormous privilege and honour to be chosen for this ancient and traditional role.
“During my year in office I hope to focus on areas in Lancashire that have particular problems with deprivation to raise awareness about critical problems affecting children in these communities.”