See photo, lower row at right.
Seated at centre is fire engine driver, Bill Kennett.
He and his brother ran the main local taxi service; both were drivers for same.
With the sound of the fire station siren exciting young onlookers, Bill would arrive in his taxi.
Quickly on to the fire engine driver’s seat, and with firemen hanging on, they turned on to Maidstone Road.
With sirens blaring; one of Bill’s hands steering – the other adjusting and doing up buttons on his jacket, etc. – they sped off to the fire.
I wonder how often Bill’s distinctive beard was singed?
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