Hampshire Constabulary's annual Families Day this year saw friends and colleagues of ACRO’s former Chief Executive Officer, Ian Readhead, join together to celebrate his life.
Sadly Ian passed away on June 17th, 2020 after a short illness so this year’s Families Day was an appropriate time to remember him.
Our former Head of ACRO Supt James Fulton worked with Ian for many years and was honoured to attend the memorial service.
‘It was a well attended and moving service fantastically supported by the Hampshire Constabulary Band and Male Voice Choir. Guests of honour included the Lord Lieutenant, the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner, two ex-Chief Constables to name a few.
‘Set against the backdrop of Families Day on a glorious sunny morning, the service was attended by several hundred friends and colleagues and was a truly fitting tribute to Ian, who himself had led Families day for around 20 years.
‘Opened by Force Chaplain Dom Jones who perfectly set the scene, there was an outstanding tribute from CC Olivia Pinkney and excellent heartfelt singing of “Jerusalem” and “I Vow to Thee, my Country” which were highly appropriate hymns (reflecting that of Ian’s funeral where attendance was greatly restricted due to Covid-19 rules).
‘Superb readings by his son PC Paul Readhead in his public order overalls and Retired C/Insp Mark Cooper, followed by emotional eulogies from close friends retired Supt Paul Brooks and retired TVP DCC Mike Page, brought back so many happy memories.
‘The singing by the choir of “Bring Him Home” (Les Miserables) brought a tear to the eye of even the most worldly-wise and experienced officers.
‘At the close, his wife Maggi Readhead passed on her thanks to her family, friends, Oliva and all of the Constabulary. She was truly proud so many could attend, it being almost two years since Ian’s death. Maggi ended with the following poem, which so accurately reflected Ian’s life:
“He lived well, laughed often and loved much.
Gained the respect of intelligent men, and the love of children.
Filled his niche and accomplished the task.
Left the world a better place than he found it.
Looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.”
Published: 7th July 2022