Queen agrees to revive two historic roles
TWO historic civic roles will be reinstated in Hull.
The Queen has agreed to revive the offices of High Steward of Kingston Upon Hull and Sheriff of Kingston Upon Hull.
The move comes after a request was made within the city's "Loyal Address", sent to Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Council leader councillor Steve Brady welcomed the decision.
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"These titles encapsulate the tradition and civic pride of our city and I am delighted they will be revived," he said.
"They will become very significant roles as we seek to grow our economy, rebuild against our city plan and re-establish the international reputation of this great city."
The two titles date back centuries, with the Office of High Steward starting in 1583 and the Office of Sheriff dating back even further, to 1440.
The position of High Steward is charged with lobbying the interests of Hull within central government whereas the Office of Sheriff is given the role of fulfilling civic functions.
Councillor Colin Inglis, Councillor Stephen Bayes and Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson MP have lobbied for the reinstatements.
Cllr Bayes said: "People sometimes forget how important Hull is strategically and we should be proud of that.
"The positions will give whoever is appointed to the roles the opportunity to appeal at Parliament and sit in the House of Lords, as well as being a voice for this city."
Both titles ceased in 1974 when local government reorganisation took place, although the Office of Admiral of the Humber was maintained.
Mr Johnson said it is a major step forward for Hull.
"These offices which were, for some reason, given up in the 1970s, are key parts of this city's history," he said.
"I am absolutely delighted we have been given the approval for them to be reinstated."
They will be honorary appointments made by Hull City Council, with the High Steward being appointed for ten years and Sheriff for a three- year term in office.