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Queen appoints High Sheriff of Lancashire
Edwin is the Chair and CEO of Booths and represents the fifth generation of the family to lead the business. He will take office after having signed a sworn declaration on 11th April. The Office of the High Sheriff is an independent non-political year-long appointment supporting the Crown and the judiciary, lending support to crime prevention agencies, emergency services and the voluntary sector. Edwin intends to address his attentions to three issues: crime, homelessness and education.

A piece of history
Preston bar Plau on Friargate has been given Grade II listed by Historic England. The bar that has been completely renovated has been a public house since the 18th century. It was originally associated with the notorious gin craze, and later linked to the beginning of the temperance movement. The bar also has its own 40ft well located in one of the rooms, which has been carefully restored.

Top award for cheesemaker
Parlick cheese made by Singletons & Co in Longridge has been awarded the ‘Taste of Excellence’ trophy in the British Dairying Cream Awards. After one of the most difficult years in history for the sheep’s milk industry, the biggest manufacturer of sheep’s milk cheese in the UK, Singletons & Co. has continued to support its supplying farmer, Stott & Sons with continued growth in sales of its award-winning Parlick.

Charity chef takes on epic challenge
Roving chef for charity Vegetarian for Life, Alex Connell, has completed an epic running challenge, journeying ‘virtually’ from Lands’ End to John O’Groats – 875 miles. While passing through Lancashire, Alex was excited about the local delicacies he can be helping himself to including a vegetable hotpot. Vegetarian for Life keeps a directory of care establishments up and down the country that have pledged to cater well for vegetarian and vegan residents, including 43 in Lancashire.

National rural business award win
Family-run, independent gin company, Wild Fox Distillery is raising a glass after gaining the title of Best Rural Drink Business at the Rural Business Awards 2020/21. Founded by fourth-generation dairy farmers Lizzie and Rob Billington, the company was recognised for its innovative approach and sustainable efforts in producing its farm-to-glass spirits on the family farm in Lancashire. Judges praised their business development plan to open a new distillery alongside a visitor centre and shop on its Inglewhite farm.

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