John belongs to: Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
John grew up in tynemouth and has been a volunteer in the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade since the 1960s. He is an honorary Secretary, member of the Instant Response Team and committee member.
John was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 18 January 2006. The interview took place at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade and lasted 16 minutes and 23 seconds.
Sound of the breeches buoy rocket
"Any sounds? Any sound… Well, in the past, the sound of the 25 pound rocket going off"
Any sounds? Any sound… Well, in the past, the sound of the 25 pound rocket going off was a thing that really shook you to the ground, you know. It’s an electric ignition, there’s a one down stairs which you’ve probably seen and it goes into a gantry they connect up and then number one firing officer says to the captain, “Ready to fire Captain," and he presses the button and either it goes or it doesn’t go. And when it goes, you’ve seen nothing like it. It just comes out the end like a rocket, but the shock is transmitted all the way down the rocket line, into the box. And the box is laid out in layers- the box can jump a foot in all its layers with the shock going through it, and off it goes.
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