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Memoir: Being Sheriff of Norwich
BBC Radio Norfolk's Roy Waller
By Roy Waller
BBC Norfolk

BBC Radio Norfolk's Roy Waller (bottom right) being appointed Sheriff of Norwich
BBC Radio Norfolk's Roy Waller remembers his time as Sheriff

I hung up my robes and hat for the last time as Sheriff of Norwich with a special ceremony at Norwich City Hall on Tuesday, 19 May, 2009.

As a Norwich boy through and through, I was thrilled to be sworn in as Sheriff in front of my family and friends, on Tuesday, 3 June, 2008.

Over the past year I have achieved a far greater knowledge of the city that I live in.

I wish the new Sheriff, Professor Tim O'Riordan, the best of luck.

During my time as Sheriff of Norwich, I have met some very interesting people and visited many organisations that prior to me being appointed, I was not aware of and a great deal was learnt.

I have visited many churches in the city of Norwich and observed the different religions first-hand. I have also had the opportunity to talk to some of the high profile people who operate in this fine city.

Sheriff highlights

The highlights of my year have to be the many religious services that I have attended at Norwich Cathedral and also having the opportunity of riding in the civic coach to the Roman Catholic Cathedral.

The Battle of Britain week with the many fly pasts and parades of the military, the lone spitfire that flew over the City Hall and then in the evening over County Hall, was so nostalgic.

I also enjoyed attending the Lord Mayor's ball and the procession, which gave me the opportunity to meet the public wearing my full regalia.

My list of engagements during my time were varied and I found I was able to take away a warm feeling and nice memories from each event I attended.

Of course, not forgetting the many lunches, dinners and buffets which were mostly of a very high standard. I suppose the only downside was having to shave twice a day when attending a civic event in the evening!

An honour

BBC Radio Norfolk's Roy Waller (right) and his wife Sylvie
Roy wishes the new Sheriff of Norwich the best of luck in his role

The role of Sheriff was a great honour for me, and little did I think that the boy from Mile Cross would ever be offered such a prestigious position.

I was asked to be Sheriff and was given two days to think about it, but I had no hesitation in accepting the position on the spot. The BBC gave their permission, and I would like to thank them for all the help they gave me during this period.

The newly elected Sheriff - Tim O'Riordan, who I have not yet met, is a professor at the University of East Anglia and I would like to wish him a happy and successful year.

I'm positive that Tim will obtain the same satisfaction I achieved during my term of office and that his charity will be a great success.

Being Sheriff was so enjoyable that I did hope they would offer me another year, but when I asked they said NO. Unfortunately, it had never happened before and it would not happen for me.

I had my own personal room in the Guildhall to entertain visitors, but the one thing that will remain forever is my name being hand-painted in the courtroom.

I would hope that my grandchildren and their children will take the opportunity to have a look inside this room and hopefully be as proud as I am having completed the term of office.

It has been a privilege to be Sheriff of Norwich, something that will remain with me for the rest of my life.




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