A special event was held at a North Shields school as a High Sheriff marked the end of his term in office.
The outgoing High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear, Lieutenant General Robin Brims, chose improving Norham High School as the venue for his farewell reception.
In the last 12 months Lieutenant Brims has build up a special relationship with pupils and staff, seeing first hand the ongoing work at the school.
More than 200 distinguished guests including civic leaders from the region’s Local Authorities, former High Sheriffs of the County, senior representatives from the Armed Forces and Uniformed Services in Tyne and Wear, voluntary groups and local business and education leaders attended.
The event showcased work happening in North Tyneside, including displays by pupils from North Shields schools and students at TyneMet College and Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College.
There were also displays from 16 voluntary groups from across the borough that the High Sheriff has worked with during his term in office.
As part of the ceremony, pupils from Norham High School and Percy Main Primary School presented Lieutenant Brims with a special piece of photography of the North Shields area, produced by a pupil from Norham.
Lieutenant Brims, a regular visitor to Norham High School, said: “I’ve visited Norham on a number of occasions this year and have been extremely impressed by the work that’s happening in the school to drive up standards.
“The pupils are an absolute delight to spend time with and I’m always made to feel wonderfully welcome. I hope to continue my relationship with the school after my term of office ends, offering support however I can.”
David Bavaird, Chair of Governors at Norham High School and Percy Main Primary School, added: “It was an absolute honour to host the High Sheriff’s farewell ceremony, and to have the opportunity to showcase this fantastic school to almost 200 distinguished guests.
“We were really excited to be able to share all that is great about North Tyneside.”
“We have built an excellent relationship with the High Sheriff during his term of office and are indebted to him for the interest and support he’s shown in our pupils. It’s been a hugely valuable and rewarding experience for them and I look forward to the relationship continuing.”
To find out more about the changes happening at Norham High School, visit www.norhamhigh.com