The Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Norwich for the civic year 2022-23 have taken on their civic roles after being ceremonially appointed this afternoon.
Lord Mayor Dr Kevin Maguire and Sheriff, Caroline Jarrold have been officially elected to serve for a second civic year – their term extended due to the limits the pandemic placed on their initial year.
Both donned their robes and chains of office when they were officially elected at the annual mayor-making ceremony at City Hall today.
Norwich is one of only 25 UK cities to appoint a Lord Mayor and one of 15 towns and cities to appoint a Sheriff.
During the ceremony, the Lord Mayor and Sheriff spoke about how glad they were to be able to continue supporting Home-Start Norfolk as their chosen civic charity. The charity offers tailored support to families with young children, who are struggling to cope.
The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Dr Kevin Maguire, said: “After last year’s challenges, we are on the road to a splendid civic year which will include the return of the Lord Mayor’s procession with (perhaps literally) bells and whistles.
“I am particularly pleased to enjoy the rare privilege of being made Lord Mayor two years in succession – I have lots of ideas for the year ahead. It is fantastic that we can continue support for Home-Start Norfolk (our civic charity) whom I hope will get a real boost from the Lord Mayor’s procession.”
The Sheriff of Norwich, Caroline Jarrold, said: “I am delighted to have been asked to serve for a second term as Sheriff of Norwich alongside the Lord Mayor. The past year has been so disrupted due to the pandemic, and I am looking forward to participating in events which did not happen, or which were scaled down.
“Helping to raise funds for and raise the profile of Home-Start Norfolk will be a key focus, as well as helping to champion our wonderful city and events which take place here.”
Helen Brown, development manager at Home-Start Norfolk also attended the ceremony: “We are so pleased to have the Lord Mayor and Sheriff’s continued support as their civic charity for 2022-23.
“We hope to have further opportunities to increase awareness of the work done by Home-Start Norfolk, highlighting the importance of investing in early help for families. Funds raised during the year will enable us to support more Norwich families with our unique volunteer-led support interventions.”