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bird's eye view by the hawk

15th May 1997, Page 33
15th May 1997
Page 33
Page 33, 15th May 1997 — bird's eye view by the hawk
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Dennis comes home—finally

0 n 1929 this Dennis fire appliance started its career in Hove, East Sussex where it did sterling service until its retirement in the 1950s. But now it's back, to be restored and displayed by Hove Museum.

The man behind the project and behind the wheel) is Tony Brooks, who is researching its history and would be delighted to hear from any of its former crew members. He's also on the lookout for period uniforms. They do seem to build 'em to last in Guildford, as this 45hp veteran is still in full fire-fighting order and able to pump up to 600 gallons a minute.

Hauliers facing their latest tyre bill might care to note that the Dennis is still rolling on its original rubber, being among the first models to benefit from pneumatic tyres. Anyone out there able to supply photos, reminiscences or uniforms can contact Tony on 01903 743313.


People: Tony Brooks

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