On Points in 1966

A female officer of Bolton Borough Police stands on point duty outside on Deansgate in Bolton in the summer of 1966.


The country may have been in the grip of football fever but the officer in this image doesn’t appear to be having much fun. Perhaps she wasn’t enjoying having her photograph taken or that directing the town’s traffic was beginning to lose its appeal towards the end of her shift.


The cars and clothes all make it very plain that this image was taken at the height that famous decade which seemed to herald so much change in the country and the world.


At least the officer wouldn’t have far to go when her tour of duty finally ended as the force’s headquarters was only just around the corner.


From the collection of the Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives.


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Taken sometime in 1966