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  1. The trick is to put it on your back and walk along like a turtle, whilst bent double. Takes a bit of practice to get the balance right though; I learned that one at Randalls. You need someone to guide you too cos you can't see owt but yer feet! Can't imagine anyone letting you do that nowadays!
  2. My old man worked for Hoveringham Gravels; when they were building the M62 the lorries used to run ballast up there and backload coal for Staythorpe, so they had greedy boards fitted. If the drivers were too late back they couldn't tip at the power station so they'd park up in Hoveringham yard and go back in the morning. Dad got wind of this and decided a bit of free coal might be just the thing. One evening he "stayed on to finish a job" and once the coast was clear, bagged up some of the slack and took it home. No big lumps of course because it was blown in at the power station; however what he didn't know was that because it was high sulphur coal it was adulterated with slate or some other muck to slow the burn down, so when he banked our stove up that night it set in a crust and it took him ages to dig it out!
  3. Nice pic; and it certainly does belong here, thanks for sharing it. I though it was a Leyland at first but a closer look reveals it to be a Dodge 300; they shared the same LAD cab.
  4. I knew Pete well, as you know he was a regular for Thurgarton Cricket Club. Great character and a tragic loss to the community.
  5. Kevin was a bit of a lad wasn't he? Mind you, the pay rates might have been rubbish but they were always better than Staffline, and Mayday always kept me in work. Used to do a lot for BRS, Carrington Street , Langley Mill and even Melton Mowbray; Randalls, Fords, Parceline, Clearway and a load of others.
  6. Castle Meadow Road. used to do a bit for them when I was with Mayday; bloke called Keith McEnallen was the manager.
  7. That, I think, is a Unipower Hannibal. More about them here; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Power_Drives
  8. Update; the Hoveringham wrecker has been sold and is now back in Nottinghamshire, where it will be restored to its former glory.
  9. Some of you will probably not be aware that roping and sheeting has effectively been outlawed by DVSA. The excuse being that ropes cannot be load tested and are therefore unsuitable as a method of restraint. I agree about the roads being littered with ratchet straps; and as a motorcyclist I'm also seriously concerned about it.
  10. Jack Stirland was alleged to be fanatical about his lorries going out of the yard spotless.
  11. I probably met him; half of Hoveringham's workforce used to come round to me dad's house for either bedding plants or cut chrysanthemums.
  12. I forgot i'd posted this. For those of you with access to Facebook, check this out. https://www.facebook.com/hoveringhamgravels/videos/1507928249268224/ The wrecker still exists, and is for sale. In poor, but running condition, will need a total restoration. I wanted it, have the room but not the finances or skills to undertake it.
  13. Great bikes, i've had my current one ten years and had another from 1995 to 2000. Unfortunately the permitted file size on here won't let me post any of my pics.
  14. The local pronounciation of Folkingham (Lincs) has been known to raise an eyebrow amongst unwary outsiders!
  15. They were still doing a little bit of that in 1987 when I started working there. There were no depots at the resorts by then but we still took a few cases; growing car ownership and package holidays killed that job off. Rainbows of Southwell were one of the biggest carriers in the area; even in my day, after they became part of the Nightfreight group, there were daily runs to Norwich, Kings Lynn and Hull, and up t'other end we went as far as Glossop, and down to Hinckley. The fleet was predominantly Bedfords (they had a franchise for some years) though I was told by some of the older drivers (many of whom had gone there straight from school) that in earlier days they had Vulcans and other exotica. Their breakdown truck was a real beast; Bedford TM 6-wheeler with a Detroit diesel two-stroke in it. The original V6 blew up and turned into a V3; David Rainbow, who ran the garage, couldn't source a replacement so instead fitted a V8 which necessitated the bonnet being adapted to make it fit. The fitter who collected it from the local engineering firm reported that if you booted it in third it would pull a wheelie! As with many long-established family firms of that era, there were inevitably a few real characters. They still employed drivers' mates for some of the runs, especially in Lincoln where there was a lot of barrowing to be done with all the small shops. The regular mate for this run, Dennis Johnson, was a notorious boozer and was once found by the transport manager (who lived on the same street) fast asleep sprawled across his front hedge on a bitterly cold morning, having stumbled back from the Reindeer blind drunk after closing time and failed to negotiate the front gate. If you went out with Dennis, you could guarantee he'd have you park up by Lincoln racecourse for dinner break, and he'd go off gathering mushrooms. Drunk or sober, though, he knew every shop and street in most of the towns and cities, and he was a real grafter too, though slightly lacking in the finer points of diplomacy!. The company still exists, managed by Andrew Rainbow today who was at the same school as me (Minster Grammar) though a couple of years senior. The yard, though, is now in Newark and the historic Burgage Green site in Southwell is now housing.