APPLEBY FIRE BRIGADE − JOHNNY RIGG & THE FIRST FIREMEN OF APPLEBY by Maggie Clowes
This book tells of Brave Men in Blue Tunis with Belts and Brass Buttons, and Shining Helmets, galloping to the rescue on their two and a half ton Merryweather Fire Fighting Machine with its steam driven pump, mechanic and stoker and horse−man driving the tandem of noble steeds. It tells of the local militiamen who turned firemen, once the 1859 threat of invasion from Napoleon III was over and how Appleby, resistant as ever to innovation, obeyed the Fire Engines Act of 1707 and formed a Fire Brigade − 172 years later, in 1879.
Maggie Clowes, writing in memory of the late Graham Coles, has written such a book as calls us to stand up tall and salute to John Rigg and his Firefighters.
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