A FORMER Hampshire fire officer has been appointed as the new high sheriff of Greater Manchester.
Portsmouth-born George Almond, 68, started his career with Hampshire Fire Service in 1962, where he served at many stations, including Gosport and Havant.
The former Portsmouth Technical High School pupil then became the county fire officer for Greater Manchester.
His new role means he will represent the Queen’s justice and legal system in the county and support the High Court circuit judges and law enforcement agencies, such as the police and probation services.
Mr Almond said: ‘The role of the high sheriff is not widely understood.
‘It’s a role that has changed significantly over the years and now combines the best of our national heritage and tradition, while supporting and developing the excellent work undertaken in the community.’
Mr Almond retired from the fire service in 2002 after 40 years and now lives in Bolton with his wife Elizabeth, who are both members of the Havant Symphony Orchestra.