Lord Scarborough names the day

ONE of South Yorkshire's biggest landowners, Lord Scarbrough, is to marry his love of three years, Henrietta Scherman.

The Earl of Scarbrough, also known as Viscount Richard Lumley, hopes the couple will be wed later this year, although no date has been set.

Today he told The Star that they were both "very happy" and looking forward to their big day.

The 13th Lord Scarbrough, aged 34, is the son of Viscount Richard Aldred Lumley, who passed away in 2004.

He has carried on the charity work of his father from his base at 5,000-acre Sandbeck Park, near Maltby.

He said: "I met Henrietta some years ago as I am great friends with both her brothers, and we have been together as a couple for three years.

"We are very happy and looking forward to our wedding. We are not sure of the arrangements yet, but we hope it might be this year."

Henrietta is currently based in London, but the couple could choose to live on the magnificent Sandbeck Park estate, which has been in the family for generations.

The marriage could be a big society affair or a small private function.

Viscount Lumley's father Dickon, the 12th Lord Scarbrough, was one of the region's wealthiest men.

When he died at his home, aged 71 in March 2004 after a battle against cancer, he left over 25 million in his will.

The Eton-educated former Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire was buried at Sandbeck Park in a private ceremony and a memorial service was held at Sheffield Cathedral.

He was famed for his generous spirit and friendliness.

One of his last major official duties was to arrange the visit of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to Sheffield in May 2003 for the opening of the Winter Garden and Millennium Galleries.

His son has continued the good work by also helping charities, with the Dinnington-based Safe@Last being one of his top priorities. He is a patron of the charity which provides refuge and help for runaway youngsters or those in danger at home. Lord Scarbrough hosted a two-day fundraising event called Art in the Park in the grounds of his home to raise thousands of pounds for Safe@Last.

The house, chapel and gardens provided the backdrop for the event, which was attended by art lovers, artists and chef Albert Roux, who designed a 75-a-head six-course meal for dinner guests.

In 2004 Lord Scarbrough - who along with his brother served as a page of honour to the Queen Mother - picked up a posthumous Honorary Doctorate on behalf of his father from Sheffield Hallam University for services to the area.