First female police sergeant

St Helens Soroptimists retro.
St Helens Soroptimists retro.
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This fantastic old photo shows the St Helens Soroptimists before their annual dinner at the up-market Fleece Hotel in Church Street, some 40 years ago.

Among them, if you’ll excuse the pun, is the particularly “arresting” sight of Ethel Van Schaik - on the far left on the back row.

Mrs Van Schaik made history by becoming the first female police sergeant in St Helens.