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1938 Bedford - Cheshire
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No: 21299   Contributor: Simon N. Rowley   Year: 2010   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: United Kingdom
1938 Bedford - Cheshire

This picture has been posted with the permission of the photographer, HCB-Angus archivist Aidan Fisher, who took it at the Astle Park Rally in Cheshire in 1981. It is a Bedford that dates from about 1938 but the questions are, what are its origins and where is it now? Does anybody recognise the young couple and their daughter who must, by now, be in her early thirties! Ian Moore has suggested that ENF 568 might have come from an ICI plant in the Manchester area but we have no firm evidence. Is it a Bedford WTH hosereel tender? Someone must know something about it so your feedback would be very much appreciated by Aidan, Ian and myself.
Picture added on 05 January 2010 at 00:35
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I have now had notification from Aidan Fisher who has received confirmation from a member of the Firescene Group who, in turn spoke to Robert Bonner, that this Bedford appliance is indeed ex ICI.

It was new to ICI Blackley in Manchester so the knowledgeable Ian Moore was correct. Robert has also said that it's a Bedford WHG and came out of service in the 1970s.

After that it was on display in the showroom of a Stockport car dealer and subsequently was owned by a couple of local preservationists in the northwest of England. Does anyone know where it is now?

Added by Simon Rowley on 05 January 2010.
I took the photograph (from my colour slide) and allowed it to be shown. I have also spoke to Bob Bonnner and the information given is correct. The present whereabouts are still unknown.

Added by Peter Spilsbury on 17 December 2012.
I took the photograph and I have recently had a reply from Patricia McNoulty to say her father was a menber of the fire brigade at ICI Blackley. Please do ont give my e-mail adderss on your website. I still have the colour slide.

Added by Peter Spilsbury on 28 April 2015.
I have just checked this registration on the DVLA site--according to that this registration on a red diesel engine Dennis that was new in 1950!! Something odd!

Added by Aidan Fisher on 26 March 2018.
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