Forfar Probus members were delighted that ex-detective Gordon Snedden stepped in at the last minute to speak to the club at Forfar British Legion recently.
45 members enjoyed his colourful reminiscences of 30 years in the police force, serving in Forfar Kirrie and Arbroath, latterly in the drug squad.
Gordon enrolled at the County Buildings in 1959, stepping out in the embarrassing black beret and badge of a cadet.
Once fully trained, his career encompassed every facet of crime and other duties all over the country such as guarding wedding gifts at a stately home and accompanying Margaret Thatcher at the Ferryden Oil Base opening.
He also escorted prisoners back to Scotland from Liverpool, escaped a London hotel fire while filming Crimewatch, was involved in a drugs raid at RAF Edzell and a gun shop seige in Brechin that never was.