NEW magistrates have been sworn in for the Isle of Wight.

A ceremony was held at the Isle of Wight Crown Court today (Tuesday), in the presence of Judge Melville QC, Isle of Wight High Sheriff Gioia Minghella Giddens, chair of the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Bench Gillian Dale, Vice Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight Sir Guy Acland and deputy justices clerk Gill Redstone.

The new magistrates are Kay Marriott, Jacqueline Gazzard and Jacqueline Mead.

Kay Marriott started a career in nursing more than 40 years ago and has worked on the Island in local hospitals and GP practices.

Her nursing career has involved many aspects of nursing, youth work and health promotion within the Island community and she is currently a clinical service manager at St Mary's Hospital.

Her spare time is devoted to health and fitness, singing in local choirs, voluntary work and spending time with her family.

Jacqueline Gazzard was born and brought up on the Island, and studied history at Cambridge before working for several charitable organisations, including Historic Royal Palaces, where she was head of communications.

Since returning to the Island, she has worked with several non-profit organisations here and abroad, advising on brand, communication and commercial strategy. She is also a part-time forest school leader and volunteer with wildlife projects.

Jacqueline Mead lives in Bembridge with her husband Gary. She has worked in public health for many years and is looking forward to joining her colleagues on the bench.

Moira Dawson was also sworn in, for West Hampshire.

Magistrate Gordon Cooper was given a long service award for 20 years' service.

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