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David Hempleman-Adams reveals his stockings

David Hempleman-Adams, High Sheriff of Wiltshire Credit: ITV News

The adventurer David Hempleman-Adams has been sworn in as High Sheriff of Wiltshire.

He's famous for his feats of endurance in hot air balloons, up mountains and in the polar wastes but this is a whole new role.

Modelling his Arctic wardrobe in 1999 Credit: PA
About to make a record-breaking balloon ascent in 2004 Credit: PA
Like father like daughter - with 15 year old Alicia in 2005 Credit: PA

As you can see, David Hempleman-Adams has had to wear some pretty natty kit during his travels - but nothing to compare with his new uniform.

ITV News asked him what his new role involved - and he revealed, well, see for yourself:

The explorer from Box was invited by the Queen to hold the ancient office. It is unpaid and involves attending royal events and laying on hospitality for visiting High Court judges, as well as the wearing of stockings.

David Hempleman-Adams has promised to give up exploring for his year of office - but no doubt will be planning his next "feet".


Police trying to trace missing man from Wiltshire

Andrew Thomas has not been seen since Sunday Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for help to find a missing Wiltshire man.

44-year-old Andrew Thomas from Box was last seen at his brother’s address on The Richmonds in Abbeydale on Sunday 2 March.

Officers are particularly keen to trace Andrew’s car, a grey Citroen C3, registration VN56PWF.

Police say they are concerned for his welfare and are asking anyone who may have seen him or his car to call Gloucestershire Police on 101 quoting incident number 471 of 5 March.

Wiltshire explorer to receive Polar Medal at Palace

David Hempleman-Adams is being honoured for his contribution to polar research Credit: PA

The Wiltshire-based explorer David Hempleman-Adams will receive the Polar Medal at Buckingham Palace later. The 57-year-old from Box has reached both the north and south poles and has climbed the highest peaks of all seven continents.

The honour recognises his contribution to the field of polar research.