Police chiefs celebrate Lincolnshire Day

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To mark the celebration of Lincolnshire Day Police chiefs have reflected on what the county means to them.

October 1 marks the 9th annual Lincolnshire Day which recognises the anniversary of the Lincolnshire Rising of 1536, a Catholic revolt against the establishment of the Church of England by Henry VIII.

In recognition of the day, the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable, reflect on what Lincolnshire means to them, and why it is a County to be celebrated.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire Alan Hardwick said: “I’m not a Yellowbelly, but Lincolnshire has been part of my life since I was a child. It was Skeg for holidays and the Boston area for fishing. A heady combination! Why do I like the county? I can’t think of a single reason not to. The countryside, the people and the history are why I live here. It’s one of the last remnants of old England, where values of decency and community are something to treasure. As for history: we wear it so lightly, but Lincolnshire’s contribution to the world - from Newton and Boole to Tennyson, Franklin and the Pilgrims - is immeasurable. And next year, with Magna Carta and the memorial to Bomber Command, we’ll be on the world stage again. That’s where we belong.”

Chief Constable, Neil Rhodes said: “I came to Lincoln as a raw 18 year old fresh from the wilds of Barnsley. I was immediately impressed by the different rhythm of life and the friendliness of the people in Lincolnshire. I married a Spalding lass and my children are all born and bred yellow bellies and proud of it. I’ve worked all around this wonderful county, and as a policeman I’ve seen quite a bit of the less pleasant side too. But, it’s a still a great place, and a very safe place to live, work, and bring up your family! I remember as a young copper on the beat, walking around Lincoln Bailgate in the early hours of a snow-clad, moonlit morning the sense of awe and history I felt in the shadows of the Castle and the Cathedral. Let’s hope we can all capture some of that in the wonderful year we have in prospect as we celebrate the Magna Carta and its new home in the Castle.”