About the speaker...
Peter was born and raised in North Essex although he has lived at Burnham on Crouch for over 30 years. At 16 years of age he joined Essex Police Cadets serving at Harwich and Clacton on Sea. At 19 years of ago he became a Constable in Essex Constabulary being stationed at Billericay where he was one of the last generation of Essex Police to walk the beat in the way that Policemen had done for a hundred years.
With the coming of radios and panda cars he transferred to Basildon and then after promotion to Sergeant he moved to Corringham/Tilbury and Grays where he experienced a very different Essex.
In 1982 he was transferred to Southminster, which was a rural beat run by a Sergeant, before promotion to Inspector. Peter expected to stay one year but ended up spending 16 years as the ‘Sherriff of the Dengie Hundred’.
After retirement Peter gained an adult teaching degree after which he was a tutor at Essex Adult Community Learning until a second retirement in 2015 to allow more time to deal with the ever increasing public interest in his Local, Essex Regiment and Family History web sites
He has developed a reputation of a Local Historian with interviews on BBC Radio Essex, Saint FM and BBC 1 TV. Peter is on several approved speakers lists including Essex WI, Public Speakers Corner, Speakers in Essex and the National Federation of Family History Societies
About his presentations...
Since I started public speaking a few years ago, I have extended the number of talks to cater for a demand from social based groups who want a lighter talk and more serious based groups who want a more detailed factual talk.
I normally take a projector and screen to talks. These are quite important for the three serious talks but I often deliver the police talks without the projector especially when I am invited to attend a small group in someone’s front room where there really isn’t enough room for a projector and screen. For the police talks these props are probably as important to me by keeping me to my script than they are to enhance the talk to the public whereas for the serious talks the visual display is an important part of the talk.
The quiz needs a projector, screen and amplifier/speaker which I bring. Once again I can do without but the resulting quiz is probably less enjoyable to the participants.
I give talks anywhere in Essex for a basic fee of £30 plus a travelling fee depending on distance from my home at Burnham on Crouch.
The Quiz takes much longer to prepare so will cost £40 plus a travelling fee depending on distance from my home.