Police cadets return to Germany.A TROOP of pioneering Liverpool police cadets reunited at the site of an historic visit they made 50 years ago.
Only nine of the original 24-strong line-up from the old Liverpool City Police made the reunion, which took them to Hann. Muenden, in western Germany The geographic term Western Germany (German: Westdeutschland) is used to describe a region in the west of Germany. The exact area defined by the term is not constant, but it usually includes North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse, the , half a century after their trailblazing trail·blaz·ing
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In 1958, 13 years after the end of World War II, the police cadets, then fresh-faced 17 and 18-year-olds, were invited by the German government to help rebuild relations between the two countries.
They spent two weeks with the German police, laying the foundations for others to follow.
The cadets were led at the time by acting sergeant John Edwards This article or section contains information about one or more candidates in an upcoming or ongoing election.
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Now 83, the Everton-born grandfather-of-three said: "I do not think any of us, being as young as we were, realised the significance of our visit at the time.
"But when we went back, they said we had taken a leap of faith to go to a country we were at war with for so long, but that our short visit had built many bridges for others.
"We have been so proud to represent Liverpool and the whole country."
MEMORIES: David Liptrot, Roger Heath, John Edwards, Alan Bonner and Frank Breen and, inset, their story as told in a newspaper in the 1950s