Bobbies on bicycles, two by two...

I am now of an age when I can remember when we had a police force instead of a '˜service', when bobbies rode about on upright bicycles and wore gaberdine macs.

Saturday, 31st December 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 12:53 pm

Constables wore blue shirts and a tie and police cars were Ford Populars. The thought of a policeman on the street with a gun was unthinkable.

All contact with their local station was via a police box with a flashing blue light above it to attract their attention.

The thought of anyone trying a terrorist attack never even entered my mind, in fact I would not have even known what the phrase meant.

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Sadly, today, that innocent world of my boyhood and youth has long passed with policemen wearing stab vests and carrying an arsenal of weapons.

I know we shall never return to those distant days, but I am glad I was brought up then and not today.

What my grandchildren have to look forward to fills me with dread and I wonder what life will be like when they reach my age.