Ancient role has first Milton Keynes holder

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The new High Sheriff for Buckinghamshire has been appointed - and for the first time the office will be held by someone based in the city of Milton Keynes.

The ancient office dates back to 1252. And whilst Francesca Skelton is the first office holder form the new city, ironically her earliest predecessor came from just down the road when Simon de Eltidsen 

of Wolverton took the position.

Mrs Skelton will officially take up the role on April 8, after being appointed by the Queen as her legal representative for Buckinghamshire.

She says: “It’s important to remember that Milton Keynes has not just landed here in north Bucks without roots. This role was part of Milton Keynes’ heritage as well as the county’s, and I hope to  celebrate the modern role along with the long history of Buckinghamshire High Sheriffs during my year in office.”

Mrs Skelton, who has been a Deputy Lieutenant since 2007 has already shown her celebration of the area’s roots by choosing Buckinghamshire lace, sourced through the Olney  Lace Circle, as part of her official uniform.

But she will also be championing local causes during her 12 months in office.

She said: “Connection is very much at the heart of the High Sheriff role, bringing people together form across the county.

“I am really looking forward go an exciting year exploring the county, celebrating our culture and diverse community, and applauding the commitment of our citizens.”