A guest speaker added a touch of pomp and ceremony to a Worth Valley parish’s annual meeting.

Recently appointed Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, David Pearson, addressed members of Oxenhope Parish Council last Wednesday evening.

Mr Pearson, who lives in Haworth, attended wearing his number one ceremonial uniform, complete with sword and spurs and his grandfather’s First World War medals.

He lives in Haworth, and his voluntary role involves him representing the monarch at a wide range of engagements.

Explaining the nature of his post to the meeting, he said: “The number of appointments we do has amazed me.

“I’ve had five engagements this week, and tomorrow I’m naturalising 50 people in Bradford who are going to become British subjects.

“On Monday I’m opening a Sikh Temple in Leeds Road, Bradford.”