Chief Constable retires
Hereford Police Choir gave a special concert at West Mercia Police HQ, Hindlip, in honour of the Chief Constable Paul West, who retires this summer after 8 years in the post and 32 years service in the Police Force.
The choir found the perfect gifts for Paul, one to acknowledge his love of music and the other to remind him of his links with Herefordshire. Paul plays the violin in the British Police Symphony Orchestra and has now been appointed its president. The choir presented him with a caricature of himself playing the violin.
They also gave him a fine example of a porcelain Hereford bull, which HPMC Secretary Brian Williams found, through Ebay, for sale in a Scottish antique shop. Brian takes up the story:
"Having found a porcelain Hereford Bull on eBay I started to bid for it but soon discovered that somebody else was also bidding. This person turned out to be a friend with the same idea - we both lost it. By chance the choir treasurer Paul Ross had just returned from a very wet holiday in Scotland and I mentioned that we had not acquired the gift of the bull for the Chief on eBay. Paul said that while he and his wife had been sheltering from the rain in a small town called Castle Douglas, they had seen a Hereford Bull in an antique shop. On hearing this I immediately contacted the local Lothian and Borders police station. One of the police officers knew of the shop and got the proprietor to telephone me...and the deal was done. I was then told that one of the bobbies was coming down to Cornwall the next week via the M5. He knew the West Mercia HQ and offered to deliver the bull there. The presentation was made at the concert for The Chief who was delighted to receive a memento of Hereford"
Paul also joined the choir on stage to sing the solo in American Trilogy, made famous by Elvis Presley, and one of Paul's favourite pieces. The concert raised £3000 for his chosen charity, Cystic Fibrosis.