Former policeman celebrates 100th birthday

PUBLISHED: 12:30 26 September 2013

Fred Fisher.

Fred Fisher.

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A FORMER Weston policeman celebrated his 100th birthday with five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren and received a special plaque from the police to recognise the occasion.

Fred Fisher.Fred Fisher.

Fred Fisher was born in 1913, and was a chorister at Weston Parish Church between 1924-1928.

In 1935 he joined Somerset Police, and served as Chief Inspector in Weston in 1956. He retired from the force in 1968 and joined a law firm.

He received a special plaque and birthday cake from Avon and Somerset Constabulary Chief Constable Nick Gargan during a tour of the police headquarters in Portishead. Mr Fisher said: “I had a wonderful time in the police. I really enjoyed it. It was like a family, a very happy time in my life.”

Mr Fisher was a keen sportsman, regularly playing football, cricket and rugby for the force.

Chief Constable Gargan said: “It was wonderful to meet Freddie. He was fantastic. I think that was a first for me, lighting the candles on a 100th birthday cake - particularly in my office.”

Mr Fisher celebrated with friends and family at the Beachlands Hotel, and some travelled from Canada, Norway and Germany for the occasion.

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