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The current High Sheriff of Belfast is Councillor John Kyle. He was sworn into office on 18 January and is the 123rd High Sheriff of the city.
Councillor Kyle is a member of the UUP and was elected to represent the Titanic area of east Belfast.
Unlike the mayoral year, the post of High Sheriff begins in January and ends the following December.
Historically, the position of High Sheriff is one of the oldest secular offices in Britain, dating back to the Local Government (Ireland) Act of 1898. In 1900, Alderman Sir James Henderson became the city's first High Sheriff.
Today, appointments to the position are made by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, usually upon the recommendation of the council. The role is now largely ceremonial, with the High Sheriff providing support to the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor during their term in office.
If you are speaking in public and would like to welcome or introduce the High Sheriff, the usual form of address is simply 'High Sheriff'. For example, "and so, I'd like to welcome Councillor John Kyle, the High Sheriff of Belfast."
If you are speaking to the High Sheriff in conversation, the correct title remains 'High Sheriff'.
If you would like to write to the High Sheriff, you should address your letter to 'the High Sheriff, Councillor John Kyle'. You should also begin your letter with 'Dear High Sheriff'.