Published: Wednesday 12th February 2020
Staff at Coppice Lodge care home in Nottingham arranged a very special visit for resident Gordon Gally to mark his milestone 90th birthday
Gordon, who has lived at Coppice Lodge for one year, worked for Durham Police K-9 unit as a Dog Trainer and Handler for 30 years and considers his time spent with his police dogs as some of his fondest memories.
The care team worked alongside the Nottinghamshire Police K-9 unit to surprise Gordon with two Labrador sniffer dogs and two Alsatian Puppies in training. The group spent the morning discussing fond memories of his time in the force and having lots of cuddles with the pups.
Gordon was born in 1930 as a premature baby weighing just 3 ½ oz. He left school aged 15 to undertake an apprenticeship to be a draftsman at Thomas Firth and John Brown Limited. During this time, he also played football for Sheffield Wednesday’s first team however was unpaid due to his age.
Gordon was later drafted into the National Service in 1948 where he served as Lance Corporal. Following the war, Gordon returned to his football career, playing left wing for Darlington FC where he earned £8 a week.
Gordon left football and started a long and happy career as a Dog Handler and Trainer in Durham county Gordon particularly enjoyed working with the Alsatians and one dog named Guy stole his heart. Gordon recalls having an unbreakable bond with Guy and will never forget how they used to catch ‘bad guy’s’.
Samantha Kavanagh, Registered Home Manager, at Coppice Lodge said, ‘’It has been my pleasure to organise this for Gordon, he was so overwhelmingly happy it brought a tear to our eyes. We have such a wonderful community spirit and it was great to have the support from our local Police on this’.
Gordon Gally, said, ‘’This was something I never expected and I am thrilled to have people around me who go the extra mile to make things like this happen! I have loved meeting the dogs they were such a huge part of my life and to get to see current dogs in the force means a lot to me. – a birthday I will never forget’.