Elsewhere on this website is the story of a fire engine that was owned by Dick Brittain, the owner of Essex Carriers based at Tarpots in Benfleet. The same fire engine has now come to light in Essex Fire Museum. How it arrived there is explained in the article, reproduced below, that was published in the Echo-news on May 16 2022.
A vintage fire engine which was built almost 100 years ago has been added to Essex Fire Museum’s collection.
The 1930 Albion Merryweather has been loaned to the museum by a family.
William Edwards, who worked in the commercial vehicle trade in South Essex, bought the Merryweather engine more than 40 years ago for his personal collection. He passed away two years ago.
His daughter and grandchildren visited the museum in Grays Fire Station to hand it over.
Grandson Mark Juniper said:
“My grandad kept it at the end of the garden, but he was always too busy to get out with it. It’s a lovely vehicle; you won’t see another one in that kind of condition.
The volunteers said they are looking forward to using it and working on it.
It’s great to know people are going to get some enjoyment out of it.”