A former serviceman and Conservative Party activist is set to become the new High Sheriff of Northamptonshire.
James Shepherd-Cross will take on the role in memory of his late wife Fiona, who was herself due to become High Sheriff in the year after her death.
He will make his declaration as the new High Sheriff at Northampton Crown Court on April 5.
Mr Shepherd-Cross, aged 69, is a former chairman of South Northamptonshire Conservatives and Daventry Conservatives, and a former county councillor for Brackley East. After leaving school, Mr Shepherd-Cross served for five years in the Army, including in the UK, Germany and Cyprus, and a six-month attachment with the Italian Army.
Mr Shepherd-Cross remarried 14 years ago, and he and wife Sorrel, aged 60, live on their farm in Greens Norton.