Mounted police celebrate centenary

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Lancashire Constabulary’s mounted branch celebrated its centenary at a special event.

Deputy Chief Constable Chris Weigh delivered a speech to approximately 50 mounted officers, who attended the bash with their family and friends.

There was also a video and photographic display on the history of the branch, a public order demonstration by several of the branch’s horses, and a lunch.

A raffle took place to raise money for the force benevolent fund for officers who have passed away or fallen on hard times.

Organised by current mounted PCs, Dave Palmer-Davies and Adrian Philips, former officers in attendance included Harry Munro, Fred Nelson and Mike Elliot.

Harry served in the jungles of Malaya with the British Army, before initially joining the police in Scotland and subsequently Lancashire’s mounted branch.

He said: “I did retire in 1993, but I only live around the corner from the branch so I still pop in now and then for a cup of tea and a chat when there is time.

“It was a wonderful event and I was so pleased to see so many familiar faces from both present day and years gone-by.

“One of my fondest memories of being an officer in the mounted branch was teaching my horse – Viscount – to canter with a skipping rope. He used to put on quite a show for us all.”

Fred Nelson joined the mounted branch in 1949, following the footsteps of his father – Fred Snr – who was also a police officer with Lancashire Constabulary.

And Mike Elliot first worked for the constabulary as a clerk at the age 15 and then joined the mounted section as a police officer.