We all surely must have a musical memory in the back of our mind that reminds us of our early days at Cannon Row. Songs that as soon as you hear them your thoughts (some good, some not so good) turn immediately back to 4 & 5 Protection Posts, Trafalgar Square, Early Turn in St James's Park, BP Guard Change and so many more.
My musical memories are ......The Beatles......Gene Pitney (24 Hours from Tulsa)......Radio Caroline starting broadcasting each morning at 5am whilst travelling in for early turn.....Wonderful Big 'L' Radio London (including would you believe, Tony Blackburn!)......Radio Luxembourg closing down at 2am whilst taking refs in AD canteen on night duty...... JH.
WHAT ARE YOUR MUSICAL MEMORIES??
MUSICAL MEMORIES OF 'A' FROM EX PC 633'A' TONY POULTER
Alpha Delta Plus,
Tony Poulter (ex 633A 152259) writing again from Gloucestershire.
What a great idea. I must confess you stirred the old brain box. Mine - not in any particular chronological order - learning beats with Colin Gates and having him sing me a rare old folk song...............
" Here's to you Tom Brown, here's to you with all me heart"
Colin, Dick Nunn and Bob Seymour then took me down to the Troubadour Folk Club, Old Brompton Rd to hear them sing. I was hooked. They're responsible for a lifetime of folk-singing, playing folk music and dancing the Morris.
Tim Hodges telling me that the Beatles were the best group in the world and standing on 4/5 protection singing harmonies to 'Twist and Shout'.
Being on nights and practicing guitar riffs and learning 'Marie Helena' with the late (great) P.c.Turle (Roger) Burden.
(Once we smuggled a guitar on to the scaffolding around and above St Margaret's Church - bad boys!!)
Late nights in the Craven Arms, singing English Irish and Scots songs, with all of the above named and many more.
Listening to Radio Caroline through an earphone on nights on 5 protection.
Steve Conway signing off Radio Luxembourg with - 'At the end of the day' assisted by the Luton Girls Choir - a fabulous lost voice.
Finding the late Del Shannon ('Runaway'- 'Some Time A Long Time Ago' etc.) standing on top of an empty plinth in Parliament Square having his photo taken. I chased him down at first and then relented. He involved me in one of the photos and they promised to send me one (never did though) ......
The Supremes visiting Trafalgar Square for a photo-shoot and Diana Ross having two pigeons sitting (yes I said SITTING) in all that hair ugggh... went home with more than she came there with I bet.
Harry Secombe taking the salute from 4 coppers as he was driven round Trafalgar Square late at night, on his way home from 'PIckwick' and singing and shouting through the open car window ... "If I ruled the world....... hello boys..."
Wot larks !!!
THE PINK PANTHER THEME
A musical memory of 'A' from Ex PS 86'A' Bryan Reeve.
Circa 1970 or thereabouts? Pc Andy Runnicles operator A1, driver Eric Anderson (I think) sitting at ATS at 'T' Square when large Rolls Royce pulls up beside them. Electric window of Roller opens and driver Peter Sellers gestures to crew to open their window. Runnicles obliges:
Sellers (In Insp Clueseau voice)
"How does an idiot like you get in the police force?"
Runnicles (In better Clueseau voice than Sellers)
"You simply apply!!!!!"
Sellers drives off in fits of laughter.... Eric collapses over wheel of R/T car and holds traffic up for 10 minutes
Classic Runnicles; those who remember Andy will know what I mean
Bryan Reeve Ex Ps 86 'A'
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