The new High Sheriff of Northumberland has attended his first judges swearing-into-office ceremony across the North East.

High Sheriff of Northumberland, Colonel James Royds, of Haydon Bridge, was installed in his position at Hexham Abbey on Saturday, April 14 and joined other High Sheriffs at the ceremonies at Durham Cathedral, Newcastle Cathedral and York Minster.

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When judges are sworn in they take two oaths. The first is the oath of allegiance and the second the judicial oath; these are collectively referred to as the judicial oath. For the first time, the judges were sworn in of the new King Charles III.

Col Royds was joined by his former colleague Alan Hughes, a former Vicar of Berwick and now Chaplain.