Wednesday 28 April 2010

Death of retired Police Officer - Ch/Inspector John Gordon Brown

Ch/Inspector John Gordon Brown, from Chester-le-Street, died on 21/04/10 aged 76 years.
Mr Brown retired from Aycliffe in 1988 following 34 years service having previously served at HQ, Chester-le-Street, Birtley, Traffic Patrols, C.I.D, Darlington, Crook, South Durham, Silksworth, Sunderland, C.I.D Drug Squad and HQ Comms.

Death of retired Police Officer - Ch/Inspector Neville Johnson

Ex. Ch/Inspector Neville Johnson, who died on 25/04/10, aged 82 years. He retired from Chester-le-Street in 1982 following 34 years service. He previously served at HQ, Thornley, Bishop Auckland, Wingate, Edenhill, Peterlee, Castle Eden, Butterknowle, Cockfield, Tow Law, W. Hartlepool, Tudhoe, Spennymoor, T & C Control Room, Durham, Peterlee; HQ Comms.

New Members

Durham NARPO extends a warm welcome to the following new members :

Gillian Linda Airey
Alan Briggs
Wendy Aspey
Malcolm Pugh
Thomas Coates
Robert Gadd
David MG Davies
James Fiddaman
David Surtees
Camelia Prendergast
Ian Doran
David Cromarty
Brian Ruddick

Thursday 22 April 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - Sgt Harry Jacobs

Retired Sgt Harry Jacobs of Perthshire, Scotland. Mr Jacobs died on the 14th April 2010 aged 86 years.
Mr Jacobs retired from Newton Aycliffe CID in 1976 following 28 years service. He had previously served at West Hartlepool, Belle Vue, Ushaw Moor, HQ CID, Darlington, Roseworth and Peterlee.

The Durham Constabulary & Durham Branch of N.A.R.P.O. present the All New Reunion Garden Party

Durham Constabulary H.Q., Aykley Heads
Sunday, 13th June, 2010 2pm - 5pm.  The event is admission by TICKET ONLY ! 
 Tickets are FREE of charge BUT you must have your ticket with you on the day
(Tickets are for security and to organise catering and seating arrangements)
Don't leave it till the last minute be sure to apply for your ticket(s) NOW  to:-

Mrs. Angie Crawford Tel. No. 01915180996
email :
Mr   Colin Appleby     Tel. No. 01915846178
email :
Ms.  Jayne Swinburn   Tel. No. 0191 375 2273 
email :

This is the first joint social venture the service in this County has seen. 
A Disabled person's chairlift will be  installed to assist those who cannot climb stairs to the Dining Area
We want to make this a great success and an annual even to bring together the " New and the Old"
An afternoon of fun and entertainment - meet old friends and make new friends too. High Tea !
 So make sure you are there ( with your ticket! ) to enjoy a great day out.       

More information in the summer edition of the Durham Peeler - (due out mid May)  and the next issue of the Copperplate.

Don't forget No Ticket
No Admission!
Oh yes, did I mention it? Tickets are FREE!

Thursday 15 April 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - Inspector 125 Derrick Richardson

 Ex-Inspector 125 Derrick RICHARDSON died on 13th April 2010 aged 83 years. He joined Durham Constabulary on 4th November 1950 and retired on 31st August 1981having served at Stockton, Bishopton, Oxbridge, HQ Welfare, Cadet Training, Southmoor, Chester-le-Street, Seaham, HQ Communications and Seaham.

Sunday 11 April 2010

England My England

Goodbye to my England, so long my old friend
Your days are numbered, to be brought to an end
To be Scottish, Irish or Welsh
that’s trendy - that's fine
But don't say you're English,
that’s naughty, that's way out of line.
The French and the Germans may call themselves such
So may Norwegians, the Swedes and the Dutch
You can say you are Russian or maybe a Dane
But don't say you're English , no never again.
At Broadcasting House the word is strictly taboo
In Brussels it's scrapped and in Parliament too
Schools are affected - staff do as they're told
Do not teach children about proud England of old.
Writers like Shakespeare, Milton and Shaw
Pupils don't learn about them - never - no more...
How about Agincourt, Hastings, Arnhem or Mons?
England, sadly has always lost hosts of very brave sons.
We are not Europeans- we are English !
So how can we be? Europe is miles away
(thank goodness) -far over the sea
We're the English from England,
Of that let's justly be proud
Stand up everyone and be counted
Go on shout it out loud!
Let's tell our Scots run Government
the Brussels rich beaurocrats too
We are fiercely proud of our heritage
Remember the red, white and blue?
Fly the flag of Saint George proudly 
 and perhaps more often, the Union Jack
Let the world know -

And you can do it by voting sensibly on 6th. May 2010.
"God bless us all" said Tiny Tim (Christmas Carol. Dickens)

Friday 9 April 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - PC1245 Robert Thubron (Bob) RENNISON

Former PC 1245 Robert Thubron (Bob) RENNISON died suddenly on 7th April 2010 at home in Chester-le-Street, aged 75 years. Bob served with Durham Constabulary from 4th July 1955 until 20th September 1984.

Thursday 1 April 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - Chief Inspector John George (Jack) Blair

It is with deepest sadness that we have to notify you of the death of former Chief Inspector John George (Jack) Blair who died yesterday.

Jack joined Durham Constabulary 29.03.1947 and served at Sunderland, T & C and Motor Patrols based at Meadowfield and North section.
Jack retired with the rank of Chief Inspector on 31.12.1976

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