Dave belongs to: Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
Dave works for a marine engineering company. Before this he worked in the merchant navy as an engineer. He joined the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade in 1991.
Dave was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 15 December 2005. The interview took place at the Interviewee's kitchen and lasted 37 minutes and 44 seconds.
The Acme Thunderer
"One of the favourite ones is whistles, right, you cannot, you cannot beat a whistle"
One of the favourite ones is whistles, right, you cannot, you cannot beat a whistle. A whistle will get peopleís attention all the time.
My whistleís quite special, actually. Itís only special to me, but itís actually my fatherís whistle. He was on the railways, he joined the railways at 13, and he was so small when he joined he had to stand on a box to answer the telephone. He was a telephone boy and he sort of rose up through the ranks. He was head shunter at Heaton Sheds and obviously had his, had his railway whistle. And he ended up at Lamesley, over in Durham as a Chief Inspector over there, and I still have his Acme Thunderer British Railways whistle and, itís just one of those things- itís sentimental to me, because itís the old manís and heís no longer here. And I do believe itís the loudest whistle in the brigade, you know, itís just one of those things. Itís daft, itís sentimental- itís a piece of plastic with a wooden ball in, you know, but yeah, itís a special sound.
Dave has 11 memories in the memorynet:
Dave's memories with a Volunteering theme:
- Training with the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
- Volunteering with the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
- Call out routine and training
- Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade issue clothing
- Other personal equipment
Dave's other memories: