This photo surely gave us a nostalgic glimpse of the past on many levels!  We want to know who is in it, especially the gentleman in the red and white outfit and all his helpers!  And we also asked what you could  tell us about the two buildings in the background, and when this photo was taken?  We provided you with an enlargement to assist in recognizing those present.

It didn't take long to come up with all of the answers although we're not certain about the exact date it was taken, probably in 1985.

It is, of course a photo of members of the Marine Police taken on the dock at Barr's Bay Park directly in front of the Marine Police Station which served as Shore Patrol Headquarters in the days when we had U.S. Forces and others "invading" the Island!  The pink building in the background is the Bermudiana Hotel which has seen been demolished and replaced by the Ace and XL buildings.

The four officers standing together on the dock are Paul Cranage, Larry Dean, Perry Fox, and Ralph Lindo (who finally retired about a year ago).

Officers on the boat are (l-r) Wayne Ingemann, Mike Shaw, Mark Bothelo, Huron Vidal, Reggie Horseman,  the irrepressible Howard "Stumpy" Kirkham playing Santa Claus, Phil Every, Andy Wright, and Alan Gorbutt.  I suspect that if we asked this crew they would say that those were the glory days of the Marine Section.

The photo was kindly supplied to us by Mark Bothelo who is now retired from the Service and was doing some clearing out of old materal.  If anyone wishes a copy please let me know and I will send you a copy in higher definition.  Unfortunately, this is about the maximum definition I can post on the website.

Santa and His Helpers!
Standing on dock - Paul Cranage, Larry Dean, Perry Fox, and Ralph Lindo.
On boat (l-r) Wayne Ingemann, Mike Shaw, Mark Bothelo, Huron Vidal, Reggie Horseman,
Howard "Stumpy" Kirkham playing Santa Claus, Phil Every, Andy Wright, and Alan Gorbutt.  

 

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#8 Davie Kerr 2015-12-31 12:11
Bob mentioned Stumpy's long illness: that was when he was cutting brush on Paget Island, managed to cut his leg in the process and subsequently contracted blood poisoning, which I believe was a major contributory factor to his untimely death.

Editors note - Many thanks for this information Davie. I had forgotten about the fact that Stumpy badly cut himself.
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#7 Bob Allan 2015-08-23 14:27
Recently found a letter from Howard Kirkham which he enclosed with a copy of the above photo on an Xmas Card. He stated that after a long illness he began light duties in the Marine Section Office in September 1988. That would date this photo around that time as I received it Xmas 1988. A great bloke to work with.
Kind regards. Bob Allan.

Editors note - Many thanks for this information Bob. It certainly confirms the date of the photo, and also what a great character "Stumpy" was. Please keep a sharp lookout for the next article in our Then and Now column featuring another 'great bloke' - and it is someone you arrived in Bermuda with!
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#6 Terry 2015-08-18 14:08
Quoting Terry:
Well I am not in the photo so it is 1985+
Shalom.


Just to clarify my comments I resigned in late 1984 and Phil Every was my Sergeant.; (another story)

As can be seen by the photo Phil was and Inspector and Paul Cranage was the Sgt.

Lots of memories. Especially the day when the J&K went down with loss of life.
We were not far away.
Shalom.
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#5 Terry 2015-08-17 12:17
Well I am not in the photo so it is 1985+
Shalom.
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#4 Davie Kerr 2015-08-12 04:45
The big pink building in the background would therefore have to be the late lamented Bermudiana Hotel: as "Stumpy" sadly died in '89, I'd date this as mid-1980's.

Editors note - We are not sure of the exact date but you are definitely in the ball park. Yes, that's the old Bermuda Hotel, now replaced by ultra modern buildings for Ace and XL.

There was of course one more building in photo which some of us will remember as the old Shore Patrol headquarters in the early 1960's which was then used for many years as the Marine Police Station. Sad to say it is no longer used by the Police.
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#3 Phil Every 2015-08-11 11:35
Greetings,

Santa is the late Howard 'Stumpy' Kirkham.

Not too sure on the id of the 2nd on the right.

Cheers,
Phil

Editors note - As you will see from tnhe answers below, it is Andy Wright.
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#2 Paul Cranage 2015-08-11 10:11
Andy Wright next to Alan Gorbutt and Santa is "Stumpy" Howard Kirkham.

Spot on Paul. It was a "stumpy" Santa!
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#1 Phil Taylor 2015-08-11 08:13
On the dock: Paul Cranage, Larry Dean, Perry Fox, Ralph Lindo. From the left on the boat: Wayne Ingeman, Mike Shaw, Mark Bothelo, Huron Vidal, Reggie Horseman, Santa (Mark Selley?) Phil Every, Peter Hall and Alan Gorbutt.

Editors note - Good work Phil. I believe you have one wrong name amongst the uniform guys, and Santa was a member of the Police Force.

10.24am 11th August

We received this email from Larry Dean

No problem. From the left on the dock: Paul Cranage, Larry Dean, Perry Fox, and Ralph Lindo.

From the left on the boat: Wayne Ingeman, Mike Shaw, Mark Bothelo, Huron Vidal, Reggie Horseman, Santa (Stumpy Kirkham), Phil Every, Andy Wright and Alan Gorbutt.
Regards,
Larry.

Full marks to Larry.
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