Sheriff proud to hang shield

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The county put on a show of pageantry as the High Sheriff of Lancashire hung his shield alongside 650 others.

The High Sheriff of Lancashire, Dr Barry Johnson, has hung his shield in the gothic Shire Hall at Lancaster Castle, in a ceremony dating back to the days of Richard the Lionheart.

Barry 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.

“Each high sheriff’s shield has an individual coat of arms portraying significant characteristics of their professions and interests.

“As a former vet, the cow’s head on my own shield represents the many generations of farmers in my family, and the basis of my practice.”