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By Fiona Reid
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New deputy lieutenants for Dumfriesshire

CHARLES Milroy and Kathleen Thomson have been announced as new deputy lord lieutenants for Dumfriesshire.

Major Charles Milroy, above, TD VR, is a former Territorial Army officer, serving 37 years with the military, and working in places like Iraq. A chartered civil engineer by profession, he worked in the water industry in Scotland for over 30 years and is now a management consultant. A member of Dumfries Rotary Devorgilla Club, the major has been involved with community projects such as the Dragonboat Racing on the River Nith, and the Burnslight Procession. He is president of Royal British Legion Scotland Dumfries – and a local convenor for Reservists and Cadets. He has worked with groups such as the Befriending Project and Relationship Scotland.

Kathleen (Kate) Thomson, QPM, worked for 31 years with the Scottish Police Service, most of them in Dumfries and Galloway, where she rose to the rank of Assistant Chief Constable. She was also one of two tactical commanders in charge of safety and security at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She received the Queen’s Police Medal for her contribution to policing and community and multiagency engagement – in particular for her efforts to try to protect vulnerable people within local communities.

Since retiring from the force, she has volunteered and now sits on the Crichton Trust board and has also chaired public protection committees locally.

A deputy lieutenant, or DL, assists the Lord-Lieutenant who is one of the King’s personal representatives.

Fiona Armstrong, Lord-Lieutenant of Dumfries, said: “I am delighted to have two such experienced people with us. Their local knowledge in their respective fields will be a great asset when it comes to working with the community on behalf of the royal family.”

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