EDP Norfolk - - The Mardler -

SIR – I have just fin­ished read­ing Susie Fowler-Watt’s lovely ar­ti­cle in Nor­folk mag­a­zine, which has left me with a warm­ing glow.

I first came to Nor­folk from Es­sex, at just nine years old, when I was dis­patched to Gre­sham’s, where I served a fur­ther nine, much cared-for years.

I then joined the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice and was posted to Stoke New­ing­ton – a rare eye opener for a rather naive 19-year-old ex-Nor­folk pub­lic school boy! How­ever, Nor­folk called and I re­turned five years later to serve in the Nor­folk Con­stab­u­lary (a ter­rific or­gan­i­sa­tion – doesn’t al­ways get it right, but tries hard and it’s heart is very much in the right place!) in one form or an­other, for a fur­ther, 41 years.

I was posted to Nor­wich, Sher­ing­ham, Holt, North Wal­sham, back to Nor­wich, Thet­ford and Wy­mond­ham. Af­ter re­tir­ing as the in­spec­tor in com­mand of the Firearms Train­ing and Op­er­a­tions Sec­tion, I ended up work­ing part time as the chief con­sta­ble’s driver.

I’ve had so many ad­ven­tures and met so many fab­u­lous char­ac­ters and came to know our won­der­ful county in­side out. The only time I left Nor­folk for work was to be sec­onded to the United Na­tions in Bos­nia for a year, based in Mostar, and, al­though it was prob­a­bly the high­light of my ca­reer, I was so pleased and happy to re­turn here into the bo­som of Nor­folk.

I re­ally love Nor­folk and I loved the Nor­folk Con­stab­u­lary. We are so in­cred­i­bly lucky to live in one of the most beau­ti­ful, friendly and pro­tected places in the world (did you know, with the ex­cep­tion of ba­ton rounds, Nor­folk firearms of­fi­cers have never dis­charged a shot at any­one?) We need to re­mind our­selves of where we live from time to time, so as not to take it for granted. Your ar­ti­cle did just that. Robert Ge­orge Ket­ter­ing­ham

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