Mounted branch mark 100 years of service

Mounted branch mark 100 years of service

The Lancashire constabulary’s mounted branch marked its centenary on Friday 18th May with a special event at its Lancashire HQ.

Around 50 mounted officers – both past and present – attended along with friends, family and others with strong links to the branch.

Those present enjoyed a speech by Deputy Chief Constable, Chris Weigh, a video and photographic display on the history of the branch, a public order demonstration by several of the branch’s horses and a sit-down lunch.

A raffle also took place to raise money for the force benevolent fund for officers who have passed away or fallen on hard times.

The extravaganza was organised by current mounted PCs, Dave Palmer-Davies and Adrian Philips.

PC Palmer-Davies said: “It was a great few hours and a real privilege to host some of the legendary officers of the mounted branch. They will be the first to tell you although the branch may have changed over the years, it continues to be a pillar of policing in Lancashire and something that still plays a prominent role in the constabulary.”

Mike Elliot first joined the constabulary as a clerk at the age 15 and then joined mounted as a police officer.

Mike said: “It was a smashing event and I am very grateful to all who put the centenary event on and those who attended. I spent so much of my life in the branch and though I retied in the 1980s, it is something that continues to be with me every day.

“My biggest accomplishment was winning first prize at Wembley in the ‘Police Horse of the Year’ competition with my steed, Belmont, just a year after joining mounted.”