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Police Constable crowns May Queen at Merland Rise
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Police Constable crowns May Queen at Merland Rise

Ex Metropolitan Police Constable 631 'Z' John Holley was the Schools Liaison officer for Banstead Police Station and had responsibility for approximately 45 local first and middle schools as part of an extensive programme offered by the 'Metropolitan Police 'Z' District Juvenile Bureau.

Police Constable Holley would have spoken to literally hundreds and hundreds of young children up to the age of 12 years each year about the work of the Metropolitan Police service and issues dealing with the children's individual safety.

The schools programme was extremely successful and warmly welcomed by all head teachers; the school's liaison officers would be invited to carry out such delightful duties as shown in the above picture which shows PC Holley crowning the May Queen at Merland Rise School in the early eighties.

The photo was contributed to this archive by PC Holley but who was the young lady being crowned?

Picture added on 07 October 2013 at 20:26
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The picture would date around the early 1980's. The Headmistress of Merland Rise at this time was Mrs Cherry who was very receptive to the Metropolitan Police 'Z' District Juvenlle Bureau programme.

I always enjoyed my input into the School's Programme and particularly into Merland Rise schools.
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