A fine cartoonist’s view of a Fine City
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The memory of one of the most artistic police officers ever to walk the Norwich beat lives on... and now there are now plans for a book highlighting his work.
Thank for all your calls and messages following our article about Terry George who was not only a fine police officer but also a talented artist.
Most of his work, especially his cartoons, have never been seen by the public at large.
This is his Guide to the City of Norwich and 'orl them ol' Norrijers' penned and published by the Evening News 30 years ago – as you can see Terry was a man with a large and dry slice of city humour.
Back in 1986 his maps of the city and county were snapped up by members of the public but the vast majority of his work never went on sale.
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'He was a fine policeman, a great family man and an outstanding artist,' said his friend and colleague Maurice Morson, the former Head of Norfolk CID who has written a number of books.
Terry died in 2010 aged 75. He lived at Thorpe with his wife Margaret. They had five children, David and Steven – who also became police officers – and Matthew, Carolyn and Gina.
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He joined the old Norwich City police in 1957 where he was given the given the number Police Constable 1.
Terry quickly – as I have discovered – built up a relationship with members of the public and some of you got in touch to tell me how you remembered and respected him as a fine officer.
He went on to serve as an inspector with the Norfolk Constabulary following the amalgamation and throughout his career his came up with cartoons to illustrate the life and times of city and county police officers.
His award-winning crime prevention posters were used by police forces all over the county. Terry always got the message across. Sometimes funny – occasionally serious.
His illustrations were used in the Evening News and Eastern Daily Press to highlight various changes in the law.
After retiring from the force he became an artist and glass engraver and several people called to say how you had pieces of his work and were pleased to hear more about this talented man.
He was inspired to draw his map of Norfolk in 1986 to illustrate an issue he felt strongly about...the lack of parking in the city.
Norwich was pinpointed by a NO PARKING sign.
Terry followed it up with this Guide to the City of Norwich where motorists were given a rough ride.
Spot the no-entry signs and blocked drawbridges around the 'walled city.'
'People will stop shopping in the city if they can't find anywhere to park,' said Terry all those years ago.
He was an artist of extraordinary ability - and vision.