The Lieutenancy Of Dumfries Has Two New Deputy Lieutenants

Annan businessman Mr Hardip Singh Atwal, BEM, runs a grocery store and award-winning post office. He is a wedding banquet manager – and also a special police constable.

A former Annan Academy pupil, Hardip has been widely recognised for his work as a community champion: inaugurating a multi-cultural ball, and raising money for local charities.

Lord David Patrick Wentworth Hope Johnstone is a businessman who runs his family estate of Raehills near Lockerbie. Lord Johnstone is involved in all matters to do with the countryside, and is a former Chairman of Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), a group which represents landowners and rural businesses right across Scotland.

The Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries, Fiona Armstrong, said: ‘I am delighted to have two well-known businessmen joining the team. Both bring different skills, and will do an excellent job in serving the queen and the community.’

The Lord Lieutenant is the Queen’s personal representative in the area he or she lives in. If the Lord Lieutenant is unable to attend an event, a Deputy Lieutenant will take their place.