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Wed 24 May 2017

UK Police Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum

NINE WEEKS on from the murder of PC Keith Palmer in a terrorist attack in London, a major campaign has been launched across the country to help raise funds to build a new UK Police Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) in...

Wed 24 May 2017

Members Day 2017

Members Day 15 December 2017 is already well under way and Vice President Sean Hannigan is looking after the event as part of his cultural portfolio.   He is delighted to announce the following activities which will be included during the...

Tue 23 May 2017

Caravan and Camping Group

To all those members who are not aware, for some reason the Knaresborough Camping and Caravanning date does not seem to be on the Rally List. Kevin and Angela Hullah would like to confirm that both the Knaresborough and Belford Events are taking...


25 August 2016

Unveiling of "Cyprus Emergency Memorial"

Mick Luke- President Section UK reports

Over 500 people gathered, some with Standards at ‘The Carry’, at the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday 21st August 2016 to dedicate the new Cyprus Memorial.

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The large piece of rock from the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus had been airlifted back to the UK by the RAF. The insertions on the Memorial, gave names and details of all those that lost their lives, both the British Serviceman and Police Officers which is the first time in history a memorial has been jointly dedicated in this manner.

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On a blustery day with both rain and sunshine appearing overhead during the service, it was very moving for Sara and I to see a mixture of armed services veterans, serving and retired police officers, relatives and families of those that had served in Cyprus and dignitaries to commemorate the losses.

The service was conducted jointly by the Rev Canon David Wilbraham, the National Police chaplain and Rev. Alan Bowley. The Memorial was unveiled by Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon GCB, CBE with enormous credit going to David Littlemore who gave the opening address and was the instigator in making the Memorial happen

Wreaths were laid and I was very honoured as President to represent Section UK in laying a wreath to those that had made the supreme sacrifice.

The Police Roll of Honour Trust (our National IPA Charity) similarly played a huge part in the event and the Chairman Sidney Mackay laid a wreath on their behalf and after the service Sara and I had chance to catch up with him and Steve Lloyd, the Trust Manager who was also the standard bearer during the service carrying the British Cyprus Colonial Police Standard.

Whilst reflecting on the achievements of making this Memorial reality it was apparent that the Trust work is never ending and the support from the IPA both in terms of donations and help will be gratefully received.

I asked Steve Lloyd to keep me informed as to other memorials that maybe dedicated in the future so that the IPA could be present at them.

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President of IPA UK Mick Luke with Steve Loyd the Trust Manager, a Veteran and the Memorial designer

The Trust relies on donations and volunteers to undertake their work and I would urge you to read up on the Charity on their website.

This event had been advertised on Section UK’s website and it was good to see a number of local IPA members in the crowd showing their support and respects.

A very moving service which ended “We will remember them”

All the pictures from the memorial Service can be seen on the Gallery in the News Section