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Wellfield Customers 1960/70


Wellfield Hotel, Beech Hill circa 1970
Photo: Keith
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Item #: 23949
Final photo in this series, shows an ex-PC and his good wife on a night out at their local, the Wellfield Hotel, Beech Hill. His first name eludes me but I'm fairly sure his surname was Ashurst and he was, probably at the time this photo was taken, a serving Police Constable.

Comment by: Keith on 19th September 2013 at 12:33

On second thoughts his first name might have been either Bill or Jack, that's my best guess.

Comment by: Mick on 19th September 2013 at 12:44

Keith - looks very much like Jack Ashurst, who died a few years ago. Think he served on the Traffic Dept.

Comment by: Keith on 19th September 2013 at 13:08

Thanks Mick, sorry to hear that, in my experience Jack was a genial man.

Comment by: DerekB on 19th September 2013 at 13:40

Keith/Mick. His name was Jack Ashurst and he was a patrol car driver. As a fellow police officer and friend of my father's. he taught me to drive in the early 60s. The family lived in Newman Ave.

Comment by: Mick on 19th September 2013 at 16:57

DerekB - I joined in the mid 1970s, and I think he had just retired at that time. I worked with a lot of his former Wigan Borough colleagues.

Comment by: DerekB on 19th September 2013 at 20:40

Keith/Mick. Correction - Jack and his family lived in (what was then) one of the police houses in Norwood Ave (Not Newman Ave) Mick, think Jack would be about retirement age towards the mid-seventies. He was a good man.

Comment by: Albert. on 20th September 2013 at 16:16

I remember Jack from the late fifties, early sixties. I was on a different duty roster. Lawrence Connelly, Jim Smith,& Enos Banks, were the duty motor patrol drivers, when I was on duty. John Knipe was the mechanic. There was also another traffic officer, Eric ? on that roster. It is so long ago, I cannot remember his surname. Another officer, I believe, his sole duty was, the chief constable's driver. His name also eludes me.

Comment by: Mick on 20th September 2013 at 19:14

Albert - re the Chief Con's driver - are you thinking of Ken Gray?

Comment by: Albert. on 21st September 2013 at 10:32

Mick. That name does ring a bell in my memory, but I just cannot remember,for certain. Thank you.

Comment by: PeteS on 24th September 2013 at 08:37

Albert the chief constable's driver was Ken Gray as previously mentioned. With regards to the other traffic officer called Eric could that have been Eric MAKIN who went on to be Coroner's Officer working with Sgt Tom Green who were in the Coroners Office when I joined the old Wigan Borough Force as a cadet in 1967

Comment by: Albert. on 24th September 2013 at 10:49

Thank you Pete for the info. As I mentioned, it is such a long time ago, and there are some very grey areas, brain wise. I transferred to the Kent Police, in 1964,and retired in May, 1988. Prior to joining the Wigan Police, I was in the R A F police for five years. Thank you once again.

Comment by: Brian Gallagher on 16th October 2020 at 11:03

The other traffic officer was Andy Grey not Ken if my menory serves me.John Knipe was also a serving uniformed traffic officer as well as the mechanic. Their inspector’s name was Pat Hyde, and Laurence Connolly (Real gent) always answered to “Lol” lol well before internet slang. I worked at Dawson’s next door to Police garage in Darlington Street as a young lad just left school so I knew them well. Lol Connolly was well chuffed when Wigan force merged with Lancashire because he brought sacks of spuds back when he was on patrol in West Lancs

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