Party games and tea at Christmas for kids of cops
I AM one of the youngsters featured in the photograph of the Christmas party for children of Derby Borough Police officers (Bygones, January 10). Some 12 years later, I joined the force.
I am the blonde boy on the front row, first left, and was six at the time.
My brother, Michael, 12, nearly 13, is on the row in front of the Christmas tree, behind and to the left of Mrs Dennis.
Our father was Sergeant Wilf Pickering (later an inspector) of the mounted section and often rode Peter, the police horse featured in recent Bygones stories.
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In fact, Peter lived in a field on our poultry farm in Mickleover for a time before being moved to Quarndon.
I particularly remember the parties taking place in the drill room at Full Street police station because, when I was in the force, each shift was paraded there by the duty inspector who would send us to our respective areas and make us aware of any local issues.
Although I attended a number of the Christmas parties, I really only remember the drill room, playing musical chairs and pass the parcel, plus sitting around a table eating our party tea.