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Lord Mandelson following a ceremony at the Guildhall in Hull, where he was installed as the High Steward of Kingston Upon Hull. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 23, 2013. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Lord Mandelson following a ceremony at the Guildhall in Hull, where he was installed as the High Steward of Kingston Upon Hull. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 23, 2013. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

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Lord Mandelson following a ceremony at the Guildhall in Hull, where he was installed as the High Steward of Kingston Upon Hull. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 23, 2013. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Former Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Mandelson has been appointed as the High Steward of Kingston Upon Hull after the historic role was resurrected by the Queen.

Lord Mandelson, who wore traditional garments as he was sworn in, vowed to serve the city to his "best judgment and ability".

The office of High Steward, which can only be held by a lord, was created in 1583, with the office holder expected to act as a highly-placed lobbyist for the interests of Hull within central Government in return for the honour of the title.

The post has been resurrected along with another ceremonial role in the east coast port, the Sheriff of Hull, which will be filled by the former Tory minister Virginia Bottomley.

Belfast Telegraph