Tuesday 4 February 2014

PC 508 Norman Cuerdon & PC 1997 Bill Shanks (Mike 20)


Many Thanks to Bill Shanks who sent us this photo of himself and Norman Cuerden :

“The attached was taken in Bishop Auckland yard in 1973 just after we had washed the car, hence the tyre marks in the snow. The call sign was Mike 20 and we covered Crook and Weardale . The crew was Norman Cuerden and yours truly. It was taken by the SAO at Bishop to try out his new camera. It goes to show how hardy the Weardale car crews had to be  - shirt sleeve order in the snow or, of course, it showed we had no intention of getting out of the car in such weather!!!”

The car was a Vauxhall Victor 3300cc.

Norman and Bill were crewed together from February 1973 to mid 1974 when Norman married Jennifer and moved to Peterlee.

Norman who retired in 1987 after thirty years service,sadly died on 27th February 2010 aged 74 years. http://www.durhamnarpo.org.uk/2010/03/death-of-retired-police-officer-pc.html

Bill retired as Sgt in charge of motorschool on the 26th October 1993, having been awarded the BEM in the New Years honours list of 93 in relation to safe driving talks he had been doing at various 6th form schools

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