SHE has served the county for 20 years and last night Dame Mary Fagan said goodbye to a number of groups she helped and supported.
Havant Borough Council held a special reception in honour of Dame Mary who is stepping down as the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire.
The mayor of Havant, Councillor Marjorie Smallcorn and the leader of Havant Borough Council, Councillor Michael Cheshire were at the event, held at Havant Plaza, along with other special guests.
These included representatives from Off the Record and bereavements charities who have been supported by Dame Mary over the past 20 years.
For Cllr Smallcorn, it was a great way to show all the people who have benefited from Dame Mary’s hard work.
She said: ‘Last night’s reception was great and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.
‘It was more of a networking event with myself and the leader of the council giving a few speeches.
‘But it was just to give Dame Mary the send off she deserves for all the hard work she has done as Lord Lieutenant.’
She added: ‘It was great to see all the organisations and charities that Dame Mary has had a influence on turn up.
‘She was so thrilled to see them and catch up with their current work. So that was just lovely to see.
‘There were around 100 people at the event so there was a lot of chatting and reminiscing.’
Dame Mary is stepping down after becoming Lord Lieutenant in 1994.
During her time in the role, she has welcomed royals, attended many events and been the first person to greet high-profile dignitaries visiting the area.
But she is also the president or patron for more than 60 organisations throughout the county who’s specialisms range from education to armed forces.
She is set to retire on her 75th birthday this September.