Arran police presented with Queen’s platinum jubilee medals

Chief inspector and area commander Alan Paterson presents Arran sergeant Kevin Blackley with his Queen’s jubilee medal while inspector Barry McNaught looks on. 01_B19police01

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Police on Arran with five years of service have been visited by senior officers who presented them with Queen’s platinum jubilee medals.

Inspector Barry McNaught and area commander Chief Inspector Alan Paterson presented the officers with the special commemorative medals while also welcoming the new summer secondees.

The medals act as a token of thanks from the nation to frontline members of the police, fire, emergency services, prison services and the armed forces.

Jubilee medals are traditionally presented for jubilees – the celebration of major milestones in the reign of a monarch – with the first one awarded in 1887 to mark the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign.

The Queen’s platinum jubilee medal is the fourth jubilee medal created for the Queen.

Previous medals were officially awarded to celebrate the Queen’s silver jubilee in 1977, golden jubilee in 2002 and diamond jubilee in 2012.

To celebrate the Queen becoming the first British Monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee, marking 70 years of service, a number of events and initiatives will take place throughout the year, culminating in a four-day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5.

Chief inspector and area commander Alan Paterson and inspector Barry McNaught join sergeant Kevin Blackley to welcome all of the summer secondees.