Former High Sheriff of Norfolk announced as new ambassador for Love West Norfolk campaign
James Bagge, the former High Sheriff of Norfolk, has been announced as the Ambassador for the Love West Norfolk campaign.
Mr Bagge, who was High Sheriff from 2017-2018, will act as the figurehead and spokesperson for Love West Norfolk, and will help to promote and celebrate West Norfolk through the campaign.
Of his appointment as Love West Norfolk Ambassador, James, who has a home in Stradsett, said: “I cannot think of any appointment I would rather be offered! I am thrilled to be the Ambassador for this inspiring initiative to promote our beloved West Norfolk.”
Mr Bagge previously lent his support to the campaign when it launched in 2017, sharing why he loves West Norfolk. At the time James said: “Born, bred and brought up in West Norfolk. Love the accent, love the people, love the life in West Norfolk. Where else do you have better skies? Where else do the trees so adorn the horizon? Why else would my family have stayed for 800 years or more?”
Now, Mr Bagge is urging people to get involved in the campaign, and particularly, Love West Norfolk Day which will take place on Friday, February 14, Valentine’s Day.
The day will be an opportunity for people who love West Norfolk to shout about the area and campaign organisers will shortly be sharing information and resources to get involved.
“But, one of the easiest ways that people can join in is by sharing why they love West Norfolk on social media using the hashtag #lovewestnorfolk.
Mr Bagge said: “This is our chance to tell the world how much we all love our own West Norfolk, its history, its people, its culture. Go for it! It’s a special part of the world and one to be proud of.”
As well as being High Sheriff, he also raised around £73, 000 in funds for Norfolk’s unpaid carers by walking the 1,500-mile pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
Brian Long, leader of West Norfolk Council, one of the partners behind Love West Norfolk, said: “We are thrilled that James has lent his support to the campaign and has agreed to be our ambassador.
“As the former High Sheriff, and through his charity works, James has done so much for Norfolk as a whole and of course West Norfolk and we are so grateful to have his involvement.
“We are sure that he will inspire even more people to love West Norfolk, and help us to celebrate and promote this fantastic part of the world.”
Find out more about the campaign and Love West Norfolk Day by following Twitter: @LoveWestNorfolk Facebook Love West Norfolk and Instagram: love_west_norfolk.