WISTON Estate farmer Harry Goring has been appointed Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex.
The announcement was made by Mrs Susan Pyper, Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, last week.
Mr Goring, who was a Deputy Lieutenant, succeeds Gordon Tregear, who is standing down after five years in the post.
Mr Goring, who is married to Pip and has six children, served as High Sheriff of West Sussex from 1993 to 1994 and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 1994.
Mrs Pyper said: “Harry Goring has been a great support to me in his role as a Deputy Lieutenant over the years, and I am greatly looking forward to working even more closely with him as my Vice Lord-Lieutenant.
“He has a deep knowledge of the county, having lived here all his life, and his advice will be invaluable to me.
“I must also thank Gordon Tregear, the outgoing Vice Lord-Lieutenant, for his loyal support and friendship over the past five years, particularly in the early days when I was so new to my role.”
Mr Goring was educated at Eton and Cirencester Royal Agricultural College. In 1975 he took on the management of the Wiston Estate, which is now managed by his eldest son, Richard.
He was on the CLA’s (Country Landowner’s Association) council for 10 years and was chairman of the Sussex branch. He was also on the National Trust’s council and was chairman of the south east region for six years.
Mr Goring owns the 2,000 acre Findon Park Farm, which is part of the Wiston Estate.
As well as being a farmer and landowner, he produces sparkling wine at the Wiston Esate Winery and is a churchwarden at All Saints in Buncton.
The Wiston Estate has been in the Goring family since 1743 but the cultivation of grapes to make sparkling wines is a recent development.
Appointment to the office of Vice Lord-Lieutenant is in recognition of distinguished service to the community, predominantly in a voluntary capacity, or to the country or county.
Mr Goring’s duties include representing the Lord-Lieutenant in welcoming royal visitors to the county, at formal functions, award ceremonies, citizenship ceremonies, or attending Remembrance Day services.