The High Sheriff of Shropshire, Richard Burbidge, and his wife, Patricia, hosted the annual Legal Service at Shrewsbury School on Sunday 18th March. This traditional ceremony is held every year to celebrate the Queen's Peace and our Heritage.
On a beautiful, sunny, spring day, proceedings began with a reception and lunch in the Alington Hall for over one hundred invited guests, who listened to a moving speech by the county's Lord Lieutenant, Mr. Algernon Heber Percy. Then, led by the School choir, a procession moved off through the school grounds to the chapel where a special service was held. The procession included some sixteen judges, six visiting High Sheriffs from adjacent counties, the Bishops of Shrewsbury and Hereford, the Queen's Remembrancer, the Chief Constable of West Mercia and our Lord Lieutenant and his wife.
The choir's rendition of Haydn's The Heavens are Telling was later described as spine-tingling, and followed a thought-provoking and stimulating address by the Bishop of Shrewsbury to a congregation of over two hundred and fifty.
Following the service, everyone moved back to the Alington Hall for tea and a ceremony to mark the long service of six magistrates from the Shrewsbury and North Shropshire and the Telford and Wrekin benches.
Richard Burbidge is also the Chairman of the Governors of Shrewsbury School.