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Government Inspection, 1953.
Photo: Richard Humphreys
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Item #: 666
Government Inspection, 1953 in playground of Wigan Grammar School.

Left to Right - I think the PW was Dorothy Lavery, the Sgt was Alice Jewell
Cyclist left to right. Harry Johnson, Alf Davies M-M, Frank Ascroft, Jim Grass, Myself, Jim Croghan.

Comment by: Kathleen Walsh nee Davies on 3rd March 2008 at 21:06

My late father Alfred davies is second cyclist from the left.I used to meet him on the corner of Swinley Rd at the end of his shift so that i could ride home on the cross bar. Happy days.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 15th March 2019 at 17:16

According to James Fairhurst's 'Policing Wigan' (Landy Publishing 1996), Alice Jewell did not get made up to Sergeant until 1955.
The litter on the ground (a bit surprising, I would have thought, given the occasion - with the Mayor, the Chief Constable, and the visiting HMIC officers being present), is also there in a pic of what I think may have been the same Inspection - Alice Jewell is stood as here. Unfortunately, although the inspection party is shown in my shot, the Mayor is not visible - which would have resolved the date, as the Mayor only holds office for one year.
If James Fairhurst is correct, then Alice Jewell would not have had stripes in 1953....

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