Drum roll please for Drummond Marvin…a stalwart and modest member of WordPlay. He has a CV that would make a marvellous book! I can only provide a mere thumb-print of all the things that he has accomplished
To start at the beginning…Drummond went to two Grammar schools, plus a private school, and was an excellent student, passing numerous examinations with flair. As well as becoming a Policeman, he did his National Service, and worked as a commercial lorry driver and a labourer for a short time. He also attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and later appeared on stage: as a Stage Director, and also as an actor – performing as Leading Man for two years for a Repertory company in Tynemouth. His experience on stage, led to small parts in Hancock’s Half Hour, a Michael Dennison and Dulcie Gray Series, and he also appeared with Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon; as well as completing a summer Season in the Isle of Wight.
However, ‘The call to duty’ beckoned and he became entrenched in police work, rising to Police Detective, working with the Fraud squad and an Intelligence wing for a time. Thereafter, Drummond became Detective Chief Inspector and worked in Scotland Yard, the Virgin Islands, Liechtenstein, the Bahamas; as well as France, Spain and Italy, et al. He was Liaison Officer for the American and Canadian Embassies and played many other roles in the Police Force, eventually becoming Chief Superintendent with the Serious Crimes Branch NSY. He won a Queen’s commendation, etc., The etc will cover his blushes…He was wounded twice on duty, once quite seriously.
Now that Drummond is retired – he used to play golf but his old wound put a stop to that – he lives in Spain with his wife Betty, and tellingly says that he learned all that he needed to know about life from the daughter he had.
PS Oh, by the way…HE WRITES! Very well I might add: excellent short stories and plays. Four recent Plays are at present in the hands of a Literary Agent. So, watch this space, as they say…
PPS I’ve left out many ‘juicy bits.’ They can go in his Memoir!