Smart Specials – Tributes at Conisbrough Dinner

December 1941

South Yorkshire Times, December 13, 1941.

Smart Specials
Tributes at Conisbrough Dinner

Conisbrough and Denaby sections of the West Riding Special Constabulary held their annual dinner at the Lord Conyers , Hotell, Conisbrough, last Thursday, about 80 guests being present including Divisional Commander E.W.Pettifer, Assistant Divisional Commander, the Reverent A.M.Saunderson, and Chief Detective Inspector Lee.

Proposing the “Special Constabulary,” Cllr A.M.Carlin (Soap Divisional Warden), complemented the Specials on their smart appearance since the provision of uniforms, and said he had been deeply impressed at the recent raid in the Castle grounds. Specials could claim a long historical tradition.

Responding Mr Pettifer endorse the remarks of Council Carlin regarding the smartness and bearing of the Special Constables. The provision of uniforms.  greatly improve their appearance, and at the same time assisted them to carry out more effectively their various duties.

The reverent S.Howley (Head Warden, Denaby), proposing the “West Riding Police,” said since he came to Yorkshire from the South, he had received nothing but courtesy and consideration from the police.

Responding, Chief Detective Inspector Lee apologise for the absence of superintendent J Walker, of Doncaster, who was prevented from attending the function on account of prior engagement.

Inspector Lee said he was glad of the unity which existed between the special and regular police and he wished especially to thank the Specials for the help which they were giving in these difficult times.

“The King” was proposed by Section Cmdr C.E.Webster. The Toastmaster was section leader R.E.Downing of the Conisbrough Special Constabulary, and entertainment was provided during the evening by Mr Tom Oldfield, Mr A Carmody and Miss E Payne, Mr John O’Malley (Doncaster) and Special Constable Sharman