It’s not often l am rendered speechless – but l was this morning!
I thought l was meeting Tom Sheppard for a coffee and a chat at Rosario’s, which is my favourite ‘watering place’, but there was an unexpected additional surprise in store for me.
Tom has quite a few professional titles to his name – including being an executive partner in Thrings Solicitors and chair of Bath Preservation Trust – but, this weekend, he completes his year of office as Her Majesty the Queen’s High Sheriff of Somerset. Something l know he has very much enjoyed.
It was in that role that he produced a framed certificate, from his bag, which he duly presented to me!
I am one of less than twenty other people to receive the High Sheriff’s Award for Services to the Community. Something, he told me, l had earned through my work over the years with the Bath Newseum.
He told me he also makes the award on behalf of the residents and people of Somerset – so here’s one Somerset boy feeling very proud. I am humbled.
I would have smiled a bit more, but l still have a gap in my teeth l am a bit self-conscious about!!