Devizes 101-year-old retired police clerk gets a VIP welcome at her old station (From This Is Wiltshire)
Devizes 101-year-old retired police clerk gets a VIP welcome at her old station
11:00am Thursday 31st October 2013 in Latest News
Wiltshire Chief Constable Pat Geenty last week welcomed back 101-year-old Lilian Bradder more than 35 years since she left the force.
Miss Bradder, from Devizes, worked for Wiltshire Police from 1941 to 1946 as a clerk to the Women’s Auxiliary Police Corps and then from 1946 to 1977 as a clerk at what was Devizes Borough Police Station.
After enjoying a cup of coffee with Mr Geenty and having a trip down memory lane, Miss Bradder was taken on a tour of police headquarters in London Road, Devizes.
She saw the force control centre and visited the emergency control centre, where she spoke to an operator about their role.
The visit finished with a trip to the air support unit, the home of the police/ambulance helicopter, where a paramedic took her out to see the helicopter.
Mr Geenty said: “It was fascinating to speak to Lilian about her time with Wiltshire Police.
“We spoke about life in the force back then and what has changed since.
“She recalled a lot from her time here and was excited to be back again after 35 years. Lilian remembered the opening of Wiltshire Police Headquarters.
“She gave 36 years’ loyal service to Wiltshire Police during a very demanding period in our history and it was my pleasure to welcome her back.”
The government established a Women’s Auxiliary Police Corps during the Second World War to help with clerical and administrative tasks. Women auxiliaries were on duty six days a week, given just 12 days’ leave each year and were paid £3 per week plus a shilling per week boot allowance.
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