An acclaimed folk musician, as well as a television presenter, have both been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland.
Kathryn Tickell, who is an acclaimed performer of the songs and smallpipes of Northumberland, and BBC Look North’s Carol Malia, have been chosen for the prestigious role.
It will see them support and assist the Duchess of Northumberland in her position as Lord-Lieutenant, which is the Queen’s official representative for the county.
Deputy Lieutenants are chosen by the Lord-Lieutenant, but they receive their commission only when official confirmation is received that Her Majesty the Queen does not ‘disapprove of the appointment’.
They must live within the county, or within seven miles of the boundary, and they usually retain the appointment until the retirement age of 75.
They will join the existing group of highly-committed and hugely-capable Deputy Lieutenants to serve the residents of Northumberland.
Kathryn has had a distinguished career as an award-winning, professional musician, composer and lecturer. She was the founder of young musicians fund which helps young people in the north east to realise their musical potential. She is also an ambassador for youth music.
As a news presenter for BBC Look North, Carol is a well-known and popular figure.
The Duchess of Northumberland has been the Queen’s ceremonial representative for Northumberland since 2009 and is the first woman to be Lord Lieutenant of the county.
She said: “Both Carol and Kathryn have made significant contributions to local life, are well known and have deep roots within the community. I know they will contribute wonderfully, in their own individual way, to the role. I welcome their support and look forward to working with them.”