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This thread made me think of a firm that I did some work for back in 1987, a few weeks after the Great Storm. A bit of googling and I found a picture of the crane wagon they had  https://www.logon4firewood.co.uk/about/ 


I think that I only worked at the place for a few weeks before moving to Barnsley to get married. I think that I worked clearing trees on this site https://www.newmarketjournal.co.uk/news/feeling-of-horror-as-i-surveyed-the-scene-memories-of-working-to-clear-newmarket-s-roads-of-trees-felled-by-the-great-storm-of-1987-1-8203236/ but I may be wrong.


Is there anyone on from, or who knows, Logon4Firewood, as I wouldn't mind a copy of the crane pic if they would oblige. My main memory is of James Waugh dropping the spades and starting to winch something in. Whatever it was caught up, he continued to winch and lifted the front of the wagon several feet into the air before something gave. The wagon come down with a bang and IIRC smashed the front diff or something on the front axle. Can anyone identify the make for me? 


Edit; and a couple more old crane pics on a website of the first arb company that I ever worked for. The crane was, I think in use, when I started in 1986 or 87. Or another one very similar  http://easterntreesurgery.com/gallery/

Edited by Gary Prentice

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8 hours ago, Doobop said:

emoji23.pngemoji23.png no it’s just a private job.
Where about are you then shavey?
Do we know each other

We’ve  probably passed each other on the roads  Iam nr Dolton Not far from winkleigh

my wifes nephew lives next too Christian 


christian was out here with the commer  last week thought it might have been you 

he was winching for


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