Despite the damp weather, there was a large and vibrant attendance at the Eid Festival in Victoria Park which is one of the largest in the UK and many of those attending were wearing their traditional colourful clothing.
There was a similar buzz at the Police Volunteer Awards the next evening and I was delighted to be able to present certificates to some of the hundreds of volunteers who do so much for policing in Leicestershire and Rutland and give a staggering 100,000 hours of support.
The 75th Anniversary Ceremony in Leicester Cathedral was a slightly more sombre event and it was an honour to meet one of the D Day Veterans who had served with The Leicestershire Regiment in Normandy.
I greatly enjoyed the chance to visit the De Montfort University degree Show and was impressed by the depth and creative talent of the art, textiles products and designs on show; we have some amazing students and academics.
While the sun shone for The Leicestershire Regimental Parade, the heavens opened at the Bishop of Leicester’s Reception but this did not prevent everyone enjoying a fun opportunity to meet and help celebrate our uniquely diverse culture.
The Lord Lieutenant’s Youth Awards was a great occasion where young people throughout the County are recognised for their achievement in a number of sporting, artistic and community support roles and gave an insight into the amount of young talented people living in Leicestershire.
I also attended the swearing in for the new Mayor of Melton Mowbray’s and AGM of the Borough Council. A fascinating day in Leicester Crown Court followed where a visiting Judge was hearing a murder case involving a new-born baby. This was a serious and highly emotional case, where I saw at first hand the demands this puts on the Jury members and court officials. The defendant was subsequently found guilty.
The outgoing High Sheriff, Diana Thompson, handed over to me on April 12th at a Ceremony she kindly organised in the St Martin’s Centre. I hope very much to continue her work supporting Warning Zone, Leicester and the rural County during my year in Office.
My first duty was to support the Lord Lieutenant at a BEM Presentation Ceremony at Beaumanor Hall, which was a great opportunity to meet some wonderful people who have already served our County so well. The High Sheriff of Rutland kindly asked me to her Declaration Ceremony in Oakham Castle and we have a number of joint visits planned as we share much our Police Force and Court system.