Friday, March 25, 2011

The Young Constable and "The Wedding Suit"

* a collection of stories and memories, in no particular order, from the life and times of John Clarke, who served as a policeman in the Australian Police Force, a great practical joker, he also had a great affinity with people and wildlife, was a champion swimmer, snooker player, loved golf, still loves fishing and is also an artist. I hope you enjoy his recollections - cheers, karin (his daughter)\
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The young constable is one of the Century's innocents.  He has no malice in him.  He goes about his business in a quiet and private way, it's just that life's circumstances and strange and weird incidents have a habit of catching up with him. The young constable's father was amazed when he reached the age of 21, and why this is so, we just don't know except we must think that similar stories to those related here must have been occurring during the YC's  lifetime prior to him reaching his majority. Whenever I'm absent for a time one of the first questions I need answered on my return is whether any further Young Constable stories have occurred in my absence. These are some of the stories about the Young Constable that come to mind.  I have written them down as they are too good to allow them to be forgotten.
John Clarke
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THE WEDDING SUIT

The YC was invited to a pretty important wedding in Sydney.  Only problem was that he didn't have a dinner suit.  Made a few enquiries, checked out another Police Officer friend, who had, a couple of years earlier bought a magnificent dinner suit for $700.

Well, the YC borrowed the suit and really stood out at the wedding, the women though he was great and the men were all jealous.

Some weeks later the Police Officer needed his dinner suit and approached the YC regarding its' return.  The YC advised him that it was in the dry cleaners and gave him the money and ticket to get it back out.

Well, the Police Officer got it out in plenty of time for his function and on the night threw on the gladrages only to find that the bottoms of the trousers were six inches higher than his shoe tops...yes, the YC had lifted the hems, done a bit of amateur home sewing with lumpy cotton and a blunt needle and of course, by getting them dry cleaned had placed a permanent crease in the bottom of the trousers.

Luckily, the Police Officer's wife is handy with thread and needle...he did make the function and no one noticed anything untoward...or at least, no one said anything. 

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