A NOR­FOLK CON­NEC­TION, A PRINCE AND A NEAR MISS

EDP Norfolk - - MADE IN NORFOLK -

Peter ar­rived in Nor­folk 20 years ago to be­come IT di­rec­tor for Nor­folk po­lice. But it was not his first con­nec­tion with the county. He was pre­vi­ously in the Royal Navy, serv­ing aboard HMS Nor­folk as a me­te­o­rol­o­gist and oceanog­ra­pher. It is a naval tra­di­tion that sailor’s ba­bies can be bap­tised, us­ing the up­turned ship’s bell as a font - their names are then in­scribed on the bell. Peter’s daugh­ter Katie was bap­tised aboard HMS Nor­folk, but when the ship was sold Peter did not know where the bell had gone – un­til he ar­rived for his first meet­ing at Nor­folk County Hall and saw it above the en­trance to the coun­cil cham­ber.

Peter also served on HMS In­vin­ci­ble dur­ing the Falk­lands War, along­side Prince An­drew.

He was on deck with the op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer and Prince An­drew when a mis­sile was launched at the ship. “We were or­dered to hit the deck. I knew that any sec­ond an ex­o­cet would burst through,” said Peter. “But we had fired chaff. A mis­sile locks on to the big­gest tar­get and when lots of alu­minium goes up, the mis­sile fol­lows that.” It veered away from the In­vin­ci­ble, but the nearby At­lantic Con­veyor was hit, killing 12 men and de­stroy­ing 10 he­li­copters.

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