On a visit to the Cottesmore Hunt, the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VIII) encountered an old aquaintance at Oakham Station.
“THE PRINCE AT OAKHAM
A Handshake for Insp. Bottom.
Following a day’s hunting with the Cottesmore on Wednesday, the Prince of Wales motored to Burrough Court, the residence of Lord Furness, where he had been staying for a few days, and where he changed his clothes, and then returned to Oakham to catch the 3.43 p.m. train to London.
Among those on the platform at the station was Insp. J.B. Bottom, of Oakham, who is well known to his Royal Highness, and the Prince, greeting the Inspector with a smile, inquired: ‘Well, and how is my old friend, Bottom?’ telling him that he was pleased to see him once again.
He inquired after the Inspector’s health and shook hands with him on his departure.”
Stamford Mercury, 8th January, 1932.