The High Sheriff of Norfolk swapped her ceremonial finery for mechanic’s overalls on a special visit to the Open Road training workshop last month.

The Lady Agnew of Oulton was joined by five of her friends when she got a taste of what trainees at the centre get up to in the mechanical engineering workshop.

When she was first appointed High Sheriff back in March she pledged to give a voice to some of the county’s smaller charities and, true to her word, this was her second visit to Open Road in the space of a few weeks.

She said: “I see my role as trying to shine some light on small charities that need more publicity.”

The ladies toured the premises in Rollesby Road, King’s Lynn and then paired up with trainees to learn about the modern car engine. They were also shown the basic rudiments of how to how to perform checks on the vehicles in the workshop and undertake routine maintenance on them.

Open Road Trustee Terry Smith said:

“Lady Agnew took great interest in what we are doing with our trainees and how we are supporting them. I think the whole group found it a very worthwhile visit.

“Lady Agnew was very hands-on and enjoyed tackling the mechanical tasks set her.

“As a result of her visit, one of her friends has expressed an interest in volunteering for Open Road in the future. We are always on the lookout for new volunteers. She wants to provide support for trainees writing CVs.

“Another provided us with an introduction to a motor industry contact with whom we hope to form a partnership in the near future.

“Lady Agnew and her friends would be welcome back any time.”