Businessman sworn in as High Sheriff of Durham

The new High Sheriff of Durham, Peter Stuart Bell, with resident judge, Judge Christopher Prince, pictured just after his swearing-in ceremony at Durham Crown Court, Old Elvet, Durham City.

The new High Sheriff of Durham, Peter Stuart Bell, with resident judge, Judge Christopher Prince, pictured just after his swearing-in ceremony at Durham Crown Court, Old Elvet, Durham City.

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A BUSINESSMAN made the short journey from his home in Durham to be sworn in as the new High Sheriff of County Durham.

 Peter Bell lives just a few hundred yards from the court building in Old Elvet where he became the 289th holder of the ancient office.

 The 54-year-old, was joined by wife Pippa and children Fergus, 22, Flora, 20, and Ruari, 17. He was born in the county and worked in advertising in London, including with Saatchi and Saatchi, before returning to Durham to set up a property company.

 Mr Bell now runs his own marketing and management consultancy.

 He is a keen sportsman, having been a double blue in rugby and cricket at St Andrew’s University and a Sunderland AFC fan. He said: “Being made High Sheriff is a tremendous honour and privilege.

“I’m looking forward to what will be a busy 12 months.”

 Mr Bell’s charity during his term of office is Durham Agency Against Crime.