Photographer: Iestyn Hughes - Sue Balsom, High Sheriff of Dyfed; Lord Lieutenant Sara Edwards and Lord Bishop Joanna Penberthy.

AN ABERYSTWYTH businesswoman has helped make history after winning a top appointment.

The Cambrian News reported “In a historic hat-trick, for the first time in the UK three women now occupy simultaneously the offices of Lord Lieutenant, Lord Bishop and High Sheriff in the old county of Dyfed.

Susan Balsom of Aberystwyth was installed as the new High Sheriff of Dyfed at Cardigan Castle during a Declaration Ceremony attended by the Lord Lieutenant, Sara Edwards, and the Right Rev Joanna Penberthy, Lord Bishop of St Davids.

Bishop Joanna was enthroned in February as the first female bishop in Wales.

To complete the all-woman line-up in Holy Week, the Declaration was witnessed by Gwen Burgess JP and the Rev Canon Enid Morgan was appointed Chaplain to the new High Sheriff.

The office of High Sheriff is made under a Royal Warrant and it is the oldest secular office in the United Kingdom after the Crown itself.

Mrs Balsom was appointed to the role by Her Majesty the Queen during an historic ceremony in March at a meeting of the Privy Council held at Buckingham Palace” here.

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