Pictures: West Sussex Judicial Service at Chichester Cathedral

The procession of Judges making  their way to the Cathedral.ks1500261-1 SUS-150407-071627008
The procession of Judges making their way to the Cathedral.ks1500261-1 SUS-150407-071627008

IT was a sight to behold when lord lieutenants, judges, high sheriffs and mayors, all in full regalia, came together for the high sheriff of West Sussex’s Judicial Service at Chichester Cathedral.

Denise Patterson, high sheriff of West Sussex, said: “The office of high sheriff is over 1,000 years old.

The Civic procession.1500261-6 SUS-150407-071833008

The Civic procession.1500261-6 SUS-150407-071833008

“One of their responsibilities is for the well-being and protection of her majesty’s judges in the county and attending on them in court – indeed, the Judges’ Service has its origins in the Assize Service which always began a judge’s visitation to preside at the Assizes in the county.

“I chose to have my service at Chichester Cathedral as I am a trustee of the Cathedral Restoration and Development Trust, and there were two processions – the mayors and civic leaders of the county and the judges together with the chief constable of police and chief fire officer and visiting high sheriffs of East Sussex and Kent.

“On the steps outside the cathedral were the choir of the Prebendal School.

“My guests included magistrates, representatives from the various charities and voluntary organisations that I have 
visited in my year so far 
and family and friends from all 
over the country.

A member of the procession pausing to chat to the Prebendal pupils.ks1500261-7 SUS-150407-071846008

A member of the procession pausing to chat to the Prebendal pupils.ks1500261-7 SUS-150407-071846008

“The choir were particularly wonderful and the dean gave a considered, moving and interesting sermon which was much remarked upon by all my guests.

“Afterwards I held a garden party at the Festival Theatre – I am on the board there.

“Music was provided by Oxana and her string quartet from Chichester College and entertainment from the Chichester Youth Theatre.”

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The procession of Judges making their way to the Cathedral.ks1500261-3 SUS-150407-071724008

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Prebendal school pupils singing as the procession headed into the Cathedral.1500261-5 SUS-150407-071804008

Prebendal school pupils singing as the procession headed into the Cathedral.1500261-5 SUS-150407-071804008