At our Club face to face meeting, on Thursday 4th November Carnforth Rotarian Eric Bassinder gave a job talk.
Eric was born in Yorkshire one of five children. He went to the local Grammar School where he was keen on playing rugby and represented his school in many matches. He was a ‘Man of the match’ and proudly walked off with the ball at the end of the game. He was too modest to tell us how many times he was ‘Man of the match’!
On leaving school he began a lifetime career in the Police Force. He joined Lancashire Constabulary and was stationed in Colne. He progressed in his career and was promoted to Inspector with a move to Huyton. In July 1981, rioting broke out in Toxteth, Inner city Liverpool, due to long standing tensions between the Police and members of the Black Community. Policing in this situation was very difficult and policemen were injured.
Eric became Chief Superintendent in Merseyside Police and had responsibilities for policing the football matches at Everton and Liverpool. He recalled the occasion when HM Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip came to Anfield for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bill Shankly. Gerry Marsden and the crowd were lustily singing ‘You’ll never walk alone’. Eric was first in the line-up to greet the Queen but because of the volume of sound he couldn’t hear what the Queen said to him. Prince Phillip was amused and was laughing at Eric’s dismay.
The members gave Eric well deserved applause for his account of a very interesting career serving in the Police Force.