Saturday, 22 July 2017

Last chance to see the White Helmets (Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team)

White HelmetsThe Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team  will be appearing at BikeWise 2017  at Police HQ, Aykley Heads, Durham… TOMORROW (Sunday 23rd July)

This will be one of their last appearances as shortly after they confirmed their attendance at BikeWise 2017 it was announced the team will be disbanded after this summers performances. 

This will be a unique opportunity to see the White Helmets who have been acknowledged as the oldest, best known and most accomplished motorcycle display team in the country, if not the world. 

Formed in 1927, this season marks the 90th anniversary of the Team performing displays of motorcycling skills and whilst horses gave way to motorcycles in the display in 1937, many of the tricks they perform today are similar to those of the original riders. Based on their iconic helmets the Team adopted the world famous name ‘The White Helmets’ in 1963.  This coveted and prestigious item is an honour to wear and marks the riders out as one of the few able to perform such acts of skill.

The Team’s 23 riders on classic 750cc Triumph Tiger machines provide a fast paced, action packed display.  Wearing the full dress uniform of the Royal Signals along with their famous White Helmets the riders will perform a combination of high speed crossovers, spectacular jumps, skilful feats of balance as well as numerous reverse rides.

The Royal Signals has come a long way since those formative days using motorcycles to carry messages across the battlefield and are now modernising their image to show they truly are ‘Leaders in a Digital Age’.  Whilst this is the last year of entertaining and thrilling crowds with their dazzling arena displays, the Team’s excited to be performing one final season; demonstrating the teamwork, discipline and courage of the Royal Signals soldier.

Rain or shine the team will be performing so come along and cheer them on and see one one the final performances of this historic armed forces display team.

Entry to BikeWise 2017 is £2 for adults & children under 16 are free.

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Durham Constabulary is recruiting 80 new officers

20045299_1370934219651858_792576328422790648_oDo you have what it takes to join the best police force in the country?
Durham Constabulary is recruiting 80 new officers and you could be just the person we are looking for.
Due to a glitch on the website, it did say applications had closed – but we can assure you this is not the case.
The deadline to apply is Friday, July 28, or when 1,000 applications are received.
You can apply here:
Completed applications can be returned to the HQ in Aykley Heads – but if delivering in person please note that the front desk is only open from 7.45am to 5.30pm – and we will not be able to receive them outside of these hours.
Good luck!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 371 Ian McGregor Mackay

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 371 Ian McGregor Mackay, who died on the 26th June 2017. He was aged 67 years.
Mr Mackay joined Durham Constabulary on the 3rd August 1970 and he retired as a Station Enquiry Officer at Peterlee on the 2nd August 2000
He leaves a widow Eileen.
The funeral service will be taking place on Friday the 14th July 2017 at 12.00pm, the service will be taking place at Elvet Methodist Church, Durham. The service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the Police Treatment Centre C/o Seaton Leng & Son Ltd, 59a Bondgate, Darlington, DL3 7JR
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent Leslie Newton

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent Leslie Newton, who died on the 17th June 2017. He was aged 92 years.
He does not leave a widow but leaves a son Ian.
Mr Newton retired from Durham Constabulary on the 28th February 1974
The funeral service has taken place in Cyprus.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research UK.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Traffic reunion : Wednesday 9th August

Government Inspection Durham Constabulary H.Q. 1974 (Traffic Patrols North)Fred Purser; Norman Lee; Derek Sayers; Jack Blair; George Robson; ?; Ken Garbutt; John Curry; ? ; Ian Irwin; ?; Jack Fidiam;? ; ? ; Fred English; Norman Davison; Bill Bramfitt; Eric Brown; ?; Eddie Stangroom; Duncan Adamson; Gordon Balderstone; John Knaggs; Bill Sanderson; ?;  Chris Dryden; Trevor Morgan; Geoff Carlon; Kenny James; Ronnie Tarn; Dick Hunter.Following on from the two successful reunion events earlier in the year we are now going for an evening meet at 6.30pm, Wednesday 9th August and hopefully capture the ex colleagues who were unable to attend in the past.
It's going to be at the same venue as the last time, the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Willington (thanks to Ian Hirst for making the place available for us.)
Can I ask that you spread the word to any ex colleagues you are in touch with so we can renew friendships and have a good chinwag about times past. 

Look forward to seeing you there - hope you can make it.

Spectrum Leisure Complex
Hunwick Lane
Co Durham
DL15 0JA

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