'Singing Cop' Turning 100
By Patrick Cronin
Hampton Union, Tuesday, April 26, 2005
[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]
during the height of his career.
HAMPTON -- He has lived through 18 presidents, two world wars and the rise and fall of Communism.
And now, William "Bill" Elliot, known to many as "Mr. Hampton Beach" or "The Singing Cop," is turning 100.
On Thursday, he will be honored by the staff of Rockingham County Nursing home, where he's a resident.
The party will start at 2 p.m.
On Sunday, he will be the guest of honor at an informal open house from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Carter Hall at the Hampton United Methodist Church.
His son, Wayne Elliot, said friends and former associates are welcome to drop by for a visit at either function.
But Bill Elliot doesn't want any gifts.
He got the "Singing Cop" name when he worked as a part-time traffic officer between 1930 and 1940 at Hampton Beach.
At the time, he was one of many officers in charge of directing traffic at Ocean Boulevard, which was packed because of the bands playing at the Casino.
But unlike other officers, at 9 p.m., Elliot would take a break from his duties, hop onto band stand, and belt out a few tunes to the delight of spectators and visitors.
His singing ability sparked national acclaim. He sang on major radio networks as well as appeared on stage throughout the country.
He also garnered the nickname "Mr. Hampton Beach" for his years of service to the Hampton Chamber of Commerce.
Not only was he a singer and a police officer, Elliot also wrote a book of poems called "Everyday Poems."
Anyone wishing to send cards should send them to "Bill" c/o Rockingham County Nursing Home, Driscoll 154, 117 North Road, Brentwood, NH 03833.