|From Blueline to Thin Blue Line: former GB international and Elite League player Paul Swindlehurst will be taking part in the 10th Anniversary memorial game in Altrincham (Photos by Scott Wiggins and Greater Manchester Police)
A charity ice hockey match is being organised at the Planet Ice rink in Altrincham on Saturday 17th September to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the murder of two Greater Manchester police officers who were killed while responding to a burglary call.
On 18th September 2012, PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone were killed by Dale Cregan in a gun and grenade ambush in Tameside, Greater Manchester. The incident was the first in the United Kingdom in which two female police officers were killed on duty. After his arrest, Cregan eventually admitted the killings, also pleading guilty to two other gangland murders, and was sentenced to a whole life tariff at Preston Crown Court.
The memorial match will be played between the “Peelers” team – which is made up of current and former members of police forces from across the north of England, along with other constabulary support staff - and the South Wales Police “Enforcers” team, who are based in Cardiff.
The game will feature a number of current and former GB internationals and Elite League players on both sides, including former Manchester Storm and GB defenceman Paul Swindlehurst who is now a PC with Greater Manchester Police.
The game at Altrincham faces off at 6pm on Saturday 17th September – with doors opening at 5.30 - and tickets are on sale now at £6.50 for adults and £4.50 for children from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/peelers-ice-hockey-club/t-eaakvzo
The Blue Light Vehicle Owners group and Greater Manchester Police Museum will be in attendance from 4.30pm - bringing police vehicles, costumes and other Police items to allow spectators to take photographs etc before the game.
Proceeds from the game and will be going to 2 separate charities - the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund & The Police Treatment Centre.
The match is kindly being sponsored by the Northern Police Healthcare Scheme & but the Peelers team are always keen to hear from new potential partners as title sponsor and jersey sponsors. For more information, interested companies or individuals are requested to contact the club by email at firstname.lastname@example.org