Norman Copsey


January 1928, Otley.


11th May 2022


Grew up in Otley, now lives in Yeadon.

Date of Interview

26th August 2020

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Rosie Molinari (8th February 2022)

Norman Copsey was 92 years old when I interviewed him and is still very much alive today (April 2022) aged 94 having survived a dose of coronavirus.

Norman is a straightforward, non-smoking, teetotal man, a respected Police Officer and father to 11 children.

In this interview Norman tells his life story with little interruption from me – just as it should be.

A keen boxer and God-fearing man who, as a police officer, made it his business to help people who needed it and making sure that wrong-doers knew not to have him called out to the same incident twice.

Remember that Norman was born in 1928 so some of his phraseology and ways may not suit our modern political correctness but he tells his life story as it was.

Sadly Norman passed away on Saturday 11th May at the age of 94.


Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Recording Editor: Carlo Harrison

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You can listen to the entire recording by clicking the start arrow or, you can move the slider to one of times shown for the headings opposite, they are a guide to the many things we chatted about.
Effects Of Coronavirus
Boris Johnson
National Service – Egypt – Africa – Mombasa
Boxing – Army
Family Life At Syke House
Police Officer & Life – Otley – Rossington – Doncaster – Yeadon
Brexit – Government
Father Wounded – First World War


Please take into consideration when listening to these interviews that the meaning of language changes over time and that interviewees have not intended to cause offence by anything said which now may be thought to be unacceptable.

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Carlo Harrison