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Institute of Criminology

Justice Service

In glorious autumn sunshine, the centre of Cambridge came to a standstill on Sunday morning to allow a huge procession from Trinity College to Great St Mary’s Church. The occasion was a service to celebrate and commemorate all those involved in preserving law and order and delivering justice in the county.

7th October 2018

The event was organised by the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, the Queen’s Representative for Justice, who this year is Dr Andrew Harter CBE.  Together with his wife Lily Bacon, a Deputy Lieutenant of the county, they led a procession of some 150 judges, academics, clergy and civic leaders into the University Church, where a capacity congregation of over 1,000 guests were assembled.

Two members of the Institute of Criminology attended the event:   Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe (current Director) and Professor Sir Anthony Bottoms (a former Director, also representing Fitzwilliam College at the service).

Lord Lloyd-Jones, a Justice of the Supreme court led the judicial line-up which included judges from the Appeal Court, the High Court, Circuit Judges and the Chair of the Cambridgeshire Magistrates.  The Academic line-up was led by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Toope and included senior members of the University and the Colleges and the Vice-Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University.  The Civic procession was led by the Mayor and Mayoress of Cambridge, and the clergy were led by the new vicar of Great St Mary’s, the Revd Canon Adrian Daffern.  The Chief Constable Mr Nick Dean and the Police and Crime Commissioner Mr Jason Ablewhite formed part of the High Sheriff’s procession, and the The Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Mrs Julie Spence, was in attendance.

The service included some very special touches, including Parry’s soaring Anthem “I Was Glad” complete with the coronation Vivat section by gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen on the 100th anniversary to the day of Parry’s death. The final piece was John Rutter’s “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” conducted by the composer himself.  The service was conducted by the newly installed vicar of Great St Mary’s, the Revd Canon Adrian Daffern, and the prayers were led by the Revd Dr Jamie Hawkey, Chaplain to the High Sheriff and Chaplain to the Queen.  The Lord Bishop of Ely, The Rt Revd Stephen Conway gave the sermon.

After the service the High Sheriff and Ms Bacon welcomed guests to a Champagne reception in the Corn Exchange.