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Tenbury man is 'honoured' with his new role as Queen's representative
5:55pm Monday 7th January 2013 in News
A former soldier and banker from near Tenbury has been appointed as the Queen’s representative in Worcestershire.
Lt Col Patrick Holcroft LVO, OBE, pictured, is the Queen's new Lord-Lieutenant for Worcestershire, following an announcement on December 28.
Mr Holcroft, 64, steps up from the deputy role he has held for three years to succeed Michael Brinton who died in 2012. He was brought up in Worcestershire, and now lives near Tenbury Wells, with his wife and three sons The Lord-Lieutenant's principal duties are to represent the Queen in Worcestershire.
His responsibilities will also include arranging visits for the royal family, presenting honours and awards, leading the local magistracy as chairman of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace, supporting reserve forces and cadets, as well encouraging charitable giving in the county.
“It is a privilege and an honour to take on this important role within the county and I much look forward to working with the county council and other important bodies to help further the interests of Worcestershire in the coming years,” said Patrick. Mr Holcroft served in the Grenadier Guards before leaving the military for the banking and insurance sectors.
Last year he was involved in organising the visit of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to Worcestershire as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.