New rural role for Sir Andrew

FORMER poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion will formally be proposed as the new President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England in June, it has been announced.

He will succeed the author Bill Bryson, whose five-year presidency comes to an end this summer.

Sir Andrew, who was Poet Laureate from 1999 until 2009, said: “To be proposed for this role is a mixture of joy, honour and a little trepidation, particularly when following in the footsteps of the current incumbent, the magnificent Bill Bryson.”

Scarborough Museums Trust will host Sir Andrew in an event at the Royal Hotel on Tuesday March 20.