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Police class of '81 reunite in London

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/07/2016

Thirty-five years after performing feats of strength in front of Prince Charles in Porirua, 11 senior police officers are relishing their achievements since but are ruling out repeating the gymnastics.

The officers will be at London's Clarence House on Wednesday, where the Prince of Wales will present them with their 35-year service awards.

In 1981 they were part of Wing 25 who were training at the Royal New Zealand Police College when it was opened by His Royal Highness.

The cadets' gym display involved tossing telephone poles, forming a human pyramid, and beam strength and agility tests.

"We look forward to meeting the prince again. However, I can rule out a repeat of the 1981 gym display," said Superintendent Barry Taylor.

Supt Taylor is now based in London as the New Zealand Police liaison officer. The other 10 officers have paid for their trips themselves.

The 35-year award was a great honour, he said.

"Thirty-five years of service in New Zealand Police is a significant event for all of us, and it will be made even more special through sharing this milestone at Clarence House with family and friends."

Seventeen of Wing 25's 58 graduands are still serving with police. Supt Taylor is the most senior and three have risen to the rank of inspector.

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