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Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L'Isle thanks public servants and volunteers at annual Civil Service at Canterbury Cathedral

11 March 2014
by Lowri Stafford

The unsung heroes of Kent were thanked at the Lord Lieutenant’s annual Civic Service at Canterbury Cathedral today.

The Viscount De L’Isle MBE, who is the Queen’s representative for the county, paid tribute to the hundreds of public servants and voluteers who contribute to communities across Kent.

The Lord Lieutenant of Kent at his Civic Service. Picture Barry Duffield

The Lord Lieutenant of Kent at his Civic Service. Picture: Barry Duffield

The service was led by Dean of Canterbury, the Very Reverend Robert Willis, and attended by clergy including the Bishop of Dover and the Bishop of Rochester.

Local dignitaries including the Lord Mayor of Canterbury Cllr Heather Taylor - who read a passage from the New Testament - were among the hundreds of invited guests.

Hundreds attended the service. Picture Barry Duffield

Hundreds attended the service. Picture: Barry Duffield

Delivering his speech, the Lord Lieutenant said: “We are here to celebrate the contribution made by the large number of people in public life in the county.

“I am delighted that clergy, magistrates, representatives from the Armed Forces, police, emergency services, and people from voluntary organisations working for the public good are here.

Dean of Canterbury Robert Willis with the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, his wife the Vicountess Isobel De L'Isle and a representative from the Armed Forces. Picture Chris Davey

Dean of Canterbury Robert Willis with the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, his wife the Vicountess Isobel De L'Isle and a representative from the Armed Forces. Picture: Chris Davey

The Bishop of Dover and the Bishop of Rochester process into the cathedral. Picture Chris Davey

The Bishop of Dover and the Bishop of Rochester process into the cathedral. Picture: Chris Davey

Members of the cathedral choir make their way into the service. Picture Chris Davey

Members of the cathedral choir make their way into the service. Picture: Chris Davey

Hundreds of guests were invited to the Civic Service. Picture Chris Davey

Hundreds of guests were invited to the Civic Service. Picture: Chris Davey

“On behalf of our county I thank you for what you are doing for Kent’s communities. You are doing Kent proud.”

The Lord Lieutenant also discussed the importance of commemorating those who fought in the First World War in the centenery year, and outlined the many remembrance services planned across the county.

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