The Isle of Wight lawprocession. Picture by Peter Boam.
THE traditional service to mark the beginning of the new law year was held at a packed Newport Minster.
The Isle of Wight’s High Sheriff, Mary Case, joined senior judges in a procession from the court buildings in Quay Street.
An address was given by the Ven Peter Sutton, the Island’s archdeacon and the service was conducted by the Rev Kevin Arkell, vicar of Newport.
Lessons were read by justices’ clerk Christine Murray and the Island’s resident judge Roger Hetherington.
Choristers from Ryde School were conducted by Rachel Tweddle, and Howard Wilkie played the organ. The Isle of Wight High Sheriff’s chaplain, the Rev Helen O’Sullivan, led the prayers.
In the procession were the Isle of Wight Lord Lieutenant Maj Gen Martin White, circuit judges Peter Ralls and Mark Horton, district judge George Cawood, tribunal judge Martin Sutherland-Williams and the high sheriffs of Hampshire, Devon and Somerset.
There were also representatives of Isle of Wight Council, Hampshire Constabulary, Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, Isle of Wight Ambulance Service and the Prison Service.