My father, Cyril Downer, served as a member of Benfleet Urban District Fire Brigade from 1925 to 1934 and on the 17th October, 1934 he was presented with a gold watch from the Officers and Men of the Brigade.
This invitation, dated 10th October 1934 was sent to my father for the presentation of a gift upon his resignation from the Brigade.
Reads as follows:-
Dear Mr Downer,
The Fire Brigade expressed a wish when your resignation was received that a gift should be presented to you as a recognition of your services to the Brigade and I now have the pleasurable duty of inviting you to attend at the Fire Station Hadleigh at 8 pm on Wednesday next, October 17th for the presentation of the gift by a General Meeting of the Brigade. I know too that some of your late colleagues will take the opportunity of saying some nice things to you, so I hope sincerely that you will be able to join us on this occasion.
Believe me to be,
Yours very faithfully,
signed: R Noy