THE outgoing High Sheriff of Northumberland has reflected on his role following his last official engagement.

Colonel James Royds attended the final engagement of his year of office where it first began, in Hexham Abbey with his wife Camilla, Chaplain Canon Alan Hughes, and Susan Hughes.

The group was invited as guests of honour to spend the weekend with the 3 Regiment Royal Horse Artillery at a commemorative service in the abbey, followed by a gala dinner in the regimental mess at Albermarle Barracks.

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Reflecting on the year, Col Royds of Haydon Bridge said: “I have had a most privileged and enjoyable year, 365 days, driving some 35,000 miles visiting and revisiting amazing people and organisations making a positive difference to their communities. 

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Hexham Courant for their support over my year and wish my successor Diana Barkes strength and joy in her year.”