Chairman thanks retiring Lord-Lieutenant

Somerset County Council Chairman David Fothergill today paid tribute to Lady Gass, the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, who is retiring.

Lady Gass is a former Somerset County Councillor and High Sheriff who has served as Lord-Lieutenant since 1998.

Cllr Fothergill said: “Lady Gass has been a wonderful ambassador for Somerset and has done so much to promote our county over the past 17 years.

“On behalf of everyone at Somerset County Council I would like to extend our thanks to her and wish her all the very best in her retirement.”

Lady Gass’s successor will be Mrs Annie Maw, a former nurse and High Sheriff of Somerset who lives in the Shepton Mallet area. Mrs Maw takes up her role in office from today (2 March).

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset is an Honorary Officer appointed by The Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister. The office dates from the reign of Henry VIII, and the Lord-Lieutenant was originally responsible for the maintenance of order and for local defence. Today, the Lord-Lieutenant has a number of roles and responsibilities including arranging Royal visits and escorting Royal visitors, representing The Queen at events and advising on honours nominations.

For more information, please contact the Lord-Lieutenant’s Office on 01823 355509.