Passion for Lincolnshire heralds the appointment of local businessman as new High Sheriff

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 16 Mar 2017

A Grimsby businessman will be appointed High Sheriff of Lincolnshire next month.

A ceremony known as the “turnover" will take place at St Martin's Church, East Ravendale next month to install Andrew Clark, of Clark Weightman chartered surveyors and commercial property consultants.

The former DDM agent began his firm at Elsham Wold industrial estate 18 years ago, before moving to Hessle on the other side of the Humber Bridge.

He will don the ceremonial velvet jacket, knickerbockers and sword at a service at his village church on April 8, attended by a county judge and out-going High Sheriff Jill Hughes.

Mr Clark said: “I am passionate about Lincolnshire. I am born and bred Lincolnshire. It is a great county. I love the countryside, The Wolds and our coastline and all its people.

“Lincoln is a fantastic city with its cathedral. It is a wonderful building. We have the magna Carta and the Wren Library. there is so much to do.

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“I am familiar with all the towns and the agriculture of the county.

“We don't suffer from the same traffic problems you see once you get south of Peterborough."

Mr Clark said: “I was a big surprise and not something I had expected. It will be a great honour.

The High Sheriff will be welcoming members of The Royal Family when they come to Lincolnshire during his year in office.

Mr Clark said: “I am an ambassador for the whole of Lincolnshire. Clearly I would like to focus as much as I can on Grimsby and Cleethorpes. They have had some difficult times and I hope they are going to move into more favourable times. Clearly the off-shore wind energy industry will bring opportunities .

“Cleethorpes is a lovely little resort which has improved a lot in the past 10 years."

The new High Sheriff said he backed the Grimsby Telegraph's #IAMGRIMSBY campaign to promote the positive features of our area.

He said: “People are so friendly. You see the vast amount of work being done by people involved with charities."

He said one of his main aims is to boost the opportunities for young people.

Mr Clark said: “I would like to concentrate on the young people of the county, especially those in deprived areas.

“We have plenty of them in this area."

He said he will be working closely with the Lincolnshire Community Foundation and The Tribune Trust to boost support for young people.

Supporting the Crown and the judiciary remains a central element of the role of High Sheriff and supporting the courts, police, fire, probation and prison services will be among the roles performed by Mr Clark.

Among his first engagements will be to host a charity golf match at Waltham Windmill Golf Club on May 26 to raise money for the charities.

Mr Clark is married to Anna and they have three children, Freddie, 26, Harry 24 and Lucy, 20.

Anna raised more than £3,000 for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance last year when she and friend Suzanne dunning cycles 500 miles around Sri Lanka.

She was a teacher at Greenwich House school in Louth and also taught at Grasby, North Cotes, Marshchapel and East Ravendale schools before retiring to provide a private tuition service.

He studied at St James' School in Grimsby before attending boarding school and graduating from The University of Reading.

He is a keen sportsman and runs regularly throughout the year and cycles a lot throughout the Wolds area. He also plays tennis once a week.

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