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It is sweet and right to drive for your country

9 Apr

When I moved to Cottingham about ten years ago one the things that struck me was that there were an awful lot of trucks, just like this one, going back and forth. They weren’t all orange but they all seemed empty. What was going on? Well what was going on was that I had moved into the training area of the Defence School of Transport based at Normandy Barracks, Leconfield. This just happens to be “probably the largest residential driver training school in the world”! They take their young wannabe HGV drivers out on the local roads not to universal approbation it has to be said. Over the years you tend not to notice them as they pass by nor when they’re parked up down the road for the obligatory cigarette break.Can’t be sure on this but I’m guessing tobacco has killed more soldiers than enemy action.

A twofer

12 Mar

Here’s St Alban’s V2.0 on Hall Road. The fairly hideous brick block building was started in 1938 and finished after a long delay in the 1950’s. It was built to replace the temporary church built in the 1920’s which still stands beside it as the church hall. From the amounts spent repairing the newer building it might have been a wiser move to stick with the first effort. It’s Grade 2 listed, a testament to its ugliness.
Hall Road is not to be confused with nearby Hull Road, I mean, come on, Hall and Hull; two completely different words aren’t they. Not to taxi drivers and the Royal Mail apparently grrrrrrrr!