2:00pm Monday 30th April 2012
By Hannah Green
A RETIRED military man from Winsford has been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for Somerset.
Brigadier David Godsal, 64, had often visited his mother who moved to the village in 1971 and has now lived there with his wife Tamsin for 14 years.
He received an MBE in 1984 in recognition of his services to the army, which he left in 2002 after a career that spanned 36 years, before spending five years as regional director of the Army Benevolent Fund.
Brigadier Godsal now travels all over the county in his role as president of the Royal British Legion for Somerset, he is also Somerset County Colonel of the Rifles and contributes to the village as chairman of the parish council and church warden.
His responsibilities as Deputy Lieutenant will be varied and he will be called upon to represent the county on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant Lady Gass when she is not available to attend events.
Brigadier Godsal said: “I feel greatly honoured and privileged to have been chosen for this role, it’s great.
“It’s not something you can apply for or even pay for, it is just bestowed, which is really nice.
“During my time as Deputy Lieutenant, I hope to raise the profile of Somerset – the best county in the UK.
“My first job is to attend the unveiling of a memorial to World War I veteran Harry Patch at Wells Cathedral on May 6, which will be a fitting start to my duties.”
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