A medal and coins to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has been presented to an Arnold volunteer cop to reward him for his long service.
Special Constable Alan Marwood is the force’s longest-serving recipient and has been with Notts Police for 52 years.
The volunteer, from Arnold, joined Nottinghamshire Police in 1970 and has policed many different areas in the county, said he was delighted to receive the special commemorative medal.
He said: “It’s a very nice gesture. When you take the oath you swear to serve our Sovereign Lady, so the Queen’s been ‘the boss’ for 70 years.
“She’s done such a fantastic job and so it’s nice to receive a medal commemorating her Platinum Jubilee.
“It’s lovely to have but I’m going to let my wife, Margaret, have it as she’s stood by me all these years. We have a little grandson and in the fullness of time he can have it as a memento.”
Acting as a token of the nation’s thanks, the Platinum Jubilee Medal – which is made of nickel silver – follows a long history of awarding medals to mark Royal Jubilees, with the first one awarded to mark the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1887.
The Platinum Jubilee Medal has been designed by Timothy Noad of the College of Arms and features an image of The Queen with the Latin inscription ‘Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fid Def’ which stands for ‘Elizabeth II, By the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.
It is the fourth jubilee medal created for The Queen and the seventh official Jubilee medal to be awarded by a Monarch. Previous medals were officially awarded to celebrate The Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, Golden Jubilee in 2002 and Diamond Jubilee in 2012 – where around 450,000 medals were given out.