Monday’s inquests at Lynn County Court was the final appearance in West Norfolk for Greater Norfolk coroner William Armstrong, who is retiring after 18 years.
Mr Armstrong, 67, took over responsibility for inquests in West Norfolk seven years ago. He said that while dealing with the aftermath of death was obviously often depressing “it is not without its lighter side and can be quite uplifting and enriching”. His chief concern continued to be the treatment of those with mental health issues.
He said the coroner’s office in Norfolk now processes 4,000 deaths a year and holds 500 inquests but he thought the appointment of a chief coroner nationally was a much-needed modernisation.
Mr Armstrong, who is married with two grown-up children, will continuing his work for voluntary groups in retirement, including Healthwatch, of which he is chairman locally.
He is pictured, centre, with friends, colleagues and civic dignitaries yesterday at the coroner’s court in Lynn in the County Court, King Street, including Elizabeth Watson, borough mayor.
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