"I'd like to thank John Wilson for
providing this photo of Thomas Smith Junr. Lorries.
Though I was 'lorry daft' from a young
age, I have no recollection of Tam Smith's wagons. I'm
sure my Dad would have known John, as the fish business was a
small world back in the day."
"Though I was young at the time, I
recall spending time at the Newhaven fish market with my Dad,
George Renton. He drove for:
- Robert Croan.
- BRS in Seafield, in the
- David Dow, who had a garage, just in
the left background of the fleet picture.
- Gibb, and possibly Carnie, and
Croan, who where all located on the Lower Granton Road where the
west pier started.
The gas works, and White Rose where
very close neighbours."
"My Dad grew up on Bangor Rd, and
Bonnington Rd. In his early life:
- He sold coal for a man named
Robertson who had a carting business with a 150 draught horses.
- He hauled seaweed, and
sand from the beaches.
- At one point he drove a
Sentinel Steam Wagon. I think he had his Heavy Goods Licence
when he was a teen.
- He was working in Europe prior
to the outbreak of the war. He spent 4 days in Dunkirk, and then
returned in a tank recovery unit, and moved tug boats by road to
clear the harbours in Holland.
My Uncle Frank
"My Uncle Frank ( Frances ) drove for
Pickford's heavy haul for some years, and was also a regular in or
near the Newhaven fish market."
Ontario, Canada: July 24, 2014