The annual pomp and circumstance of the Judges’ service has been held at Carlisle Cathedral.

The stately celebration was attended by current judges siting at both the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court, in full gown and wigs.

The annual service has been held in the city since the seventeenth century, cementing the long and close relationship between the church and the law.

It marks the official start of the legal year and names those judges who will preside over the area’s courts.

At this year’s service, circuit and district judges and magistrates who work in the city’s crown and county courts joined the High Sheriff of Cumbria Marcia Reid Fotheringham, who is also a magistrate.

She has been a magistrate for 18 years and is accustomed to the service.

She explained: “I have been a part of the procession for the past two or three years because I have been chairman of the bench of magistrates.

“I like all of the pageantry because I understand the history of it and it makes sense.

“I have really enjoyed my year as High Sheriff, it has been such an honour for me.”

The service included readings from the High Sheriff, The Honourable Mr Justice William Davis and His Honour Judge Nicholas Barker.

There were hymns from the Cathedral choir and from a gospel choir that was invited at the request of the High Sheriff.

Among those taking part in the service were Her Honour Judge Julie Clemitson, District Judge Gerald Chalk, His Honour Judge Nicholas Barker, His Honour Judge Christopher Dodd, District Judge Russell Stone, The Honourable Mr Justice William Davis, High Court Judge, Her Honour Judge Jacqueline Beech and Her Honour Judge Barbara Forrester.