According to the song, “a policeman’s lot is not a happy one”, but it could be, if one looks for “the lighter side of the law”.
That was the title of the talk given by Terence Slocombe BEM QGM, a retired divisional commander, when he addressed members and guests of the Inner Wheel Club of Ribblesdale at its 26th Charter Lunch.
President Margaret Snowdon welcomed everyone to the event at Mytton Hall, including District 19 Chairman Mary Mason.
She brought greetings from the district executive and helped to cut the birthday cake with president Margaret.
David Ratcliffe, vice-president of Ribblesdale Rotary Club, conveyed members’ best wishes and presented President Margaret with a bouquet.
Throughout his talk Mr Slocombe, who had a distinguished police career, had the audience laughing as he described his childhood, education and entry into the police force.
He related a number of anecdotes and painted in words and actions a hilarious picture. He also contrasted the simple gear of his early days as a police officer – a hard helmet, truncheon, whistle and handcuffs which required a 6in. key to operate them – with what might be needed today, especially in the various branches of modern policing.
This he demonstrated by donning a scene-of-crime paper suit, together with bright green flippers for an underwater search team, a longish ginger wig for an undercover officer, a firearm, a gas mask and, finally, a riot helmet. By this time loud laughter was echoing round the room.