The youngest ever High Sheriff of Belfast has been sworn in at City Hall.
Councillor Christopher Stalford has been appointed the 110th High Sheriff, just one day after celebrating his 27th birthday.
The appointment was made by the Secretary of State based on a nomination from Belfast City Council.
The first High Sheriff of Belfast, Sir James Henderson, began his role in January 1900.
Historically the sheriff’s role has been that of protector of the monarch’s interests.
In more recent times the High Sheriff’s main role has been to provide support to the Lord Mayor and deputy Lord Mayor during their term in office.
Mr Stalford was elected to represent the Laganbank area of South Belfast in May 2005, becoming the youngest ever person to be elected to Belfast City Council. “It is a great honour to have been elected to the post of High Sheriff and I pledge to serve the people of Belfast and to support the Lord Mayor in carrying out my duties to the best of my ability,” said the DUP man.