The Anonymous Widower

Brighton Police And White Helmets

After my visit to Brighton, where at the football, I saw a few police in their traditional custodian helmets, I remembered that in the 1960s I’d seen images of policemen in the town in white helmets.

Then this article on the BBC web site entitled Just how practical is a traditional Bobby’s helmet?

The article says this about Brighton’s white helmets.

From the 1930s to the 1960s, police in Brighton and Hove wore white helmets in the summer, as they kept the head cooler. This discontinued when they became part of Sussex Police.

Perhaps it is an idea that may come back in another form.

As an aside, a friend in the sixties was a Metropolitan policeman, who served for a time in Anguilla in 1969.

Because of the heat instead of their standard police shirts, the police who went to the island, were issued with special Van Heusen tropical shirts in an appropriate colour.

When he returned to normal duties in London, he once told me, that the shirts were invaluable on hot days.

January 24, 2015 - Posted by | World | ,

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