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New Sheriffs stroll into City town

PUBLISHED: 17:11 30 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:39 05 October 2010

TWO new sheriffs have arrived in town—or at least to the City of London. Alderman Roger Gifford and George Gillon took up their new offices as City Sheriffs this week becoming holders of one of the oldest posts in British governance. The office of Sheriff

TWO new sheriffs have arrived in town-or at least to the City of London.

Alderman Roger Gifford and George Gillon took up their new offices as City Sheriffs this week becoming holders of one of the oldest posts in British governance.

The office of Sheriff is older than any other in the City. They used to collect Royal revenues, but modern day duties include helping the Lord Mayor with official ceremonies and attending sessions of the Old Bailey and presenting the City's petitions to Parliament.

Alderman Gifford, a music loving merchant banker, and Mr Gillon, a chartered surveyor, were elected, as tradition dictates, by livery companies on Midsummer's Day.

They have taken over from Alderman and Sheriff Ian Luder, now the Lord Mayor-elect, and Alderman and Sheriff Michael Bear, a property developer who is thought to be next in line to become Lord Mayor in 2009-10.

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