A RETIRED police officer has made history in Stratford.
Emma Sorrell, who lives in the town and attended Stratford High School, is the first woman to be appointed Honourary Beadle to Stratford Town Council.
The 47-year-old is the 28th Beadle and replaces Graham Beard as the mayor’s officer.
She will will assist with the formal robing of the mayor for civic occasions and town council meetings, attend the official opening of the mop fair and the Shakespeare birthday celebrations, as well as other events.
Emma said: “I was overwhelmed when I was offered the positon, I couldn’t quite believe it as I thought I didn’t stand a chance.
“I am so honoured as I am passionate about the town and its civic traditions, and it is fantastic to think that I shall now be part of it.”
Mayor Juliet Short welcomed Emma to her new post.
She said: “We were all extremely impressed by Emma’s approach and her commitment to upholding the traditions of this ancient and ceremonial role.”
Emma’s first appearance in her new role will be at Stratford Town Hall during the Heritage Open Days running from September 9 to 11.