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DUP councillor Nicola Verner has been sworn in as High Sheriff of Belfast

DUP councillor Nicola Verner has been sworn in as High Sheriff of Belfast

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DUP councillor Nicola Verner has been sworn in as High Sheriff of Belfast

DUP councillor Nicola Verner has been sworn in as the new High Sheriff of Belfast.

Ms Verner succeeds party colleague Tommy Sandford, becoming the 120th High Sheriff of the city and the 13th woman in the position.

The traditional swearing in ceremony took place in the reception room of Belfast City Hall and was attended by Ms Verner's fellow councillors as well as family and friends.

The DUP politician represents the Court area.

Ms Verner said she is looking forward to an exciting year ahead. She said: "It's an honour to take on such a prestigious role and I will do my best to support both the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor throughout my year."

Historically, the role of High Sheriff has been 'protector of the monarch's interests', although it is now largely ceremonial.

Belfast Telegraph