Two former High Sheriffs of Beds have been drafted in by the area’s Lord-Lieutenant to be her deputies in the county.
The Queen’s representative Helen Nellis signed the commission of six new Deputy Lieutenants of Beds on Monday.
Among them are Bedford’s Chris Kilroy, who was the area’s High Sheriff from 1999 to 2000 and Deborah Inskip, who held the same post from 2013 to 2014.
Deputy Lieutenants assist the Lord-Lieutenant and Vice Lord-Lieutenant in their work to support voluntary and community activities.
They also participate in civic and social activities, citizenship ceremonies and Armed Forces events.
Bedfordshire’s establishment is currently 30 Deputy Lieutenants.
During her year as High Sheriff Mrs Inskip, who lives in Milton Ernest, covered 359 engagements and was welcomed all over the county.
Mr Kilroy, of Oakley, is a member of Bedford Castle Rotary club and was president from 1997 to 1998 during which time he received a Paul Harris Award for raising money for the community.
He is a member of Macmillan Cancer Support and president of the local appeal to raise £1.1 million for the Primrose Oncology Unit at Bedford Hospital.
Among the other new Deputy Lieutenants for Beds is magistrate Ruth Margaret Bell, who lives in Biggleswade, and was presented an MBE for services to defence in the Queen’s 2014 Birthday Honours.
She is committed to supporting and representing the youth of the county through voluntary roles with Sea Cadets, Girl Guiding UK and as a school governor. She also supports the Royal British Legion.
The other three people to be appointed to the position on Monday were Rev Lloyd George Denny, Dr Nazia Khanum and Colonel Christopher Hugh Sharwood-Smith.