On Friday 30 November 2018 we held our Christmas Luncheon. This annual event is one of our most highly-anticipated of the year, and it's easy to see why. The function room at Doltone House, nice enough in itself, was utterly transformed by the people, the stories, the memories, and the feeling of love that can only come from shared experience and mutual understanding. We use the phrase "police family" a lot. On Friday, there it was, there you were, our Police Family, coming together to celebrate, and coming together to remember.
MC'd in fine fashion by Phil Holder APM, we had speeches from Deputy Commissioner Jeff Loy APM, the Minister for Police and Emergency Services The Hon Troy Grant, a grace from Father Paul O'Donoghue, and a welcome and update on NSW Police Legacy from Chair Det Supt Gary Merryweather APM.
After the main course, Gary moved to the acknowledgement and presentations part of the day. Inspector Ian Colless was added to the NSW Police Legacy Honour Roll. Special acknowledgement was given to our extraordinary volunteers Peg Wilmott and George Gaal. The Police Bank Encouragement Award was given to Police Legatee Phillip Powell, and Tara's Gift was presented to Police Legatee Cameron Gray. And then one of our finest traditions - Police Legatees over the age of 90 were presented with bouquets.
Special thanks to our "Bear Ladies" for being on hand throughout the day to sell their handcrafted bears, thus facilitating another of our great traditions - the Signing of the Bears. And thanks, as always, to the Police Band for entertaining us throughout the day.
It was a wonderful day. Thank you to everyone for coming, and coming together to celebrate our Police Family.
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