This group may not be "wild westerners" exactly but there is no prize for figuring our where this photo was taken.  What we would like to know is who they are,  where and when was it taken, and where are they all now, except for one of these officers who died tragically a few years ago.


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#4 John Eve 2020-04-07 02:27
This was ā€œDā€ watch at SomersetNot a bad group but for what occurred to two of the members. Gerry was my best man. A few weeks before the accident Andy spent a weekend with my family following his attendance at a home office course which took place at Staffs Police Headquarters. I attended the funeral together with Donnie McMillan.
Regards, Coco
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#3 Davie Kerr 2020-04-06 04:24
I'm actually in fairly frequent contact with Northern Constabulary's semi-official historian, retired Sgt Dave Conner, who was a good mate of Andy's and was one of his pall-bearers at the funeral.
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#2 I. Morrison 2020-04-05 14:36
Adding on regarding the tragedy of losing Damian Willcocks, whom I knew from my days as a Cadet in Staffs & Stoke Constabulary, PC417 Andy Donaldson (above) also died in very tragic circumstances. Having left Bda in 1978 Andy joined the Northern Constabulary in Scotland. At the end of 1993 or early 1994, whilst serving as the Force Crime Prevention Officer, based in Inverness, Andy was killed in an RTA. He was driving south to visit his family when involved in a head-on collision with an American tourist, who was driving on the wrong side of the road. Very sad. Andy was a good friend and a nice guy.
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#1 Davie Kerr 2020-04-05 05:39
I think that would be the Western Parishes team from around the mid-'70s: from L, Gerry Lyons, Andy Donaldson, Sgt John "Coco" Eve, Jim Fullerton and Damian Willcocks. The pic is outside the old Somerset station.
Shoulder numbers available on request!

Editors note - Spot on Davie. No need for numbers at the moment. Deeply saddened to see young Damian Willcocks in the photo. He came from my home town and I took him back home to Stoke-on-Trent after he had a breakdown, and I had just arrived in England a year or so later for a Crime Prevention Course when I read in our local newspaper that he died that day after walking in front of an articulated truck after leaving a nearby hospital. Such a nice lad, such a sad ending.
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