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21/01/17 Derek Chapman
During one of my many frequent visits to this lovely site I noticed the name of *Brian Piercy in relation to a comment from Dave Stockman and Sparrows Contract Services. This immediately made me think of dear old Sam Tuckwell, his brother |Peter and strangely enough the transport manager Alfie Cole. Has anyone else got any reminiscences of these old stalwarts? Keep up this good work Frank, please.
*For the record Brian Piercy was recognised as being one of the best heavy lift experts in the country his last job was the erection of the 6 vessels (one being 742 tons) at Marsden Point in New Zealand, Sam and Peter Tuckwell were both in the beginning of Sparrows Contract Services when initially it was called Machinery Installation.
Alfie Cole joined Sparrows when they took-over Fred Short Transport, he was an experienced low loader driver, one of his first jobs with Sparrows was operator of a new Coles 30-ton Strut Jib crane, there is a picture of him on the web site. Alfie was a character and he was a good choice to become manager of Sparrows Transport Division.
Derek Chapman 6th June 2015
I remember meeting you when I was a young buck rep(21 years old) visiting Bath too many moons ago. I keep being drawn to this great web site as it helps me re visit the happiest days of my career. I am 66 years old & currently woking 3 x days per week on a Plant Hire Desk in Exeter. Can't break free from the bug. But whatever I have done or wherever I have been in my working life nothing will replace the great days with Sparrows.
Thanks for the memories.