My mum and dad who started at school in 1919, used to tell me about kids in "police clothes". In fact an old classmate of my mums, became a workmate of my dads and a family friend. He came from a very poor family and was always in "Police Clothes" They said the clothes and boots immediatly stamped the kid with "POVERTY"
Clothes consisted of a Red "Gansey", Corduroy shorts, and pair of Boots. Never heard of the police stamp on the boots ?
Mum and dad said it was awfull being sat next to kids in "police clothes".
They of course were not far up the social scale themselves, but having a kid in "Police Clothes" sat next to you "oh my God". My dad, was one who was at school with no shoes most of the time. My grand parents were never that destitute to qualify for Police Clothes for the kids.
They also related the stink that came from the corduroy trousers on wet days was awfull.
I had a pair of heavy Cords from Cooksons, Old Swan, for work, in the early 60's. On a wet day coming home on a No 10 bus, I was wondering what the smell was. You guessed it, Wet corduroy. Embarrasing as people moved away from me. Does the corduroy ever get that smell now.
Produce your appointments
I can recall arriving for night duty, 15mins before parade time, reading the various chief cons orders, plus most importantly the family away from home book, the latest stolen car numbers, court appearances etc. At the time our Sgt. was Reg Bird, one of the best, I was later to learn as the years went by.
We lined up and the parade was called to attention, the next order was Produce Your appointments I can recall standing there with truncheon whistle torch in working order three pence for the phone. Sometimes If the Inspector came on the parade he would pick up the family away from home book which was set out in beats and throw in a Joey away from home to catch you out.
How many can recall the piece of red cellophane that was issued, which when placed over the end of your torch could be used to signal danger to on coming traffic. Did the guy who suggested that get a commend?
Ron.greenwood Ret Sgt 222F