Former Norfolk coroner William Armstrong is to be the next Sheriff of Norwich.

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Mr Armstrong retired in September after being coroner for 18 years.

The full city council agreed his nomination as sheriff at a meeting tonight.

Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council said Mr Armstrong had made significant changes to the role of coroner during his distinguished time in the post.

She said: “When I asked him if he was willing to be nominated, he was overwhelmed and said he was honoured to be invited.

“His wife Monica will support him and they will be tremendous ambassadors for the city.”

Andrew Boswell, newly-elected leader of the opposition Green group, said Mr Armstrong had shown a real commitment to public service and a willingness to raise wider social issues raised from the inquests he oversaw.

Mr Armstrong, who is a solicitor and law graduate and has a masters degree in medical law, became chairman of health watchdog Healthwatch Norfolk following his retirement.

Judith Lubbock, Liberal Democrat councillor for Eaton, had previously been chosen to be the city’s Lord Mayor.

Marion Maxwell, Labour councillor for Crome, will serve as her deputy.

Mr Armstrong will succeed Graham Creelman as sheriff and Mrs Lubbock will follow Labour’s Keith Driver as Lord Mayor.

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