SUSIE’S REMINDER OF OUR GREAT COUNTY
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