Masham brewery boss takes on county role

Simon Theakston. (S)
Simon Theakston. (S)

A MASHAM businessman has become a Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire.

Simon Theakston, of Theakston’s brewery, has been named one of six new Deputy Lieutenants named by the Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Lord Crathorne, with the Queen’s agreement.

The Deputy Lieutenants act as the eyes and ears of the Lieutenancy in North Yorkshire, which is the largest Lieutenancy area in the country, and help the Lord-Lieutenant in his role as the Queen’s official representative.

Mr Theakston, who is Executive Director of Masham’s T&R Theakston Ltd, was chosen for the role through his involvement in voluntary work. In 2009 he became chairman of the ‘Pub is the Hub’ campaign, of which The Prince of Wales is founder and patron. He was chairman of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society in 2008 and is currently chairman of the Yorkshire and NE British Beer and Pub Association and an elected councillor on Harrogate Borough Council.

He is also involved with local activities including the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate and is patron of the Harrogate Male Voice Choir.

Five other Deputy Lieutenants were appointed alongside Mr Theakston, including the current High Sheriff of North Yorkshire and Paralympic gold medallist Dame Tanni Grey-Thomspon.