The Allen and Solly Cup    


The South Notts Echo of the 28th May, 1921 announced in large bold letters  The Fire Brigade Competition and Sports . It further added that these were to be held on the Gedling Road Ground (now Arnot Hill Park ) and this was to take place on Saturday June 11th  at 2pm.

The notice, which took up a quarter page, listed the events and activities that were proposed for the day. These included The Hose Cart Drill, Steamer (Wet and Dry) and Escape Drill.

Entertainment was to be provided by the Arnold Prize Band who would play for dancing on the green. Displays were to be by the 47 th  Notts Detachment of the British Red Cross Girls Evening School Class who would present club swinging and other exercises. Refreshments were also to be provided to visitors and contestants. Admission was to be 1/- (5p) and this to include tax.

On the day, the competition attracted nearly 3,000 people to support the brigades who were represented. The local team played host to those from Beeston, Carlton, Heanor, Ilkeston, Stapleford, and Long Eaton. As well as the general public the teams were supported by Council officials from Arnold including Councillors W H Harlow, (Chairman of the Arnold Council ) , Mr S. Dove (Chairman of the Fire Brigade Committee)  and Councillors S. Hammond, S. Clay, C. Taborn, E. Morris, S. Bower, T. Leivers and F. Fox, along with the District Surveyor Mr R. E. Clarke. The Carlton Brigade were supported by their chairman,  Councillor J. Clarke and Councillors W. G, Marriott, W. Whitehead, and C. Atkins, The Carlton Brigade did well with their strong support as they won one first prize, two second prizes and a third prize.

 All was not lost for Arnold  however, as they won the Four Man Hose Cart Drill and by so doing kept the Allen and Solly Cup in  Arnold . This had been hotly contested between the men of Arnold  and Long Eaton, both with the same time of 31 seconds but the Long Eaton team were given an 11 second penalty so making  Arnold  the winners.  Carlton came third with a time of 37 seconds.  Arnold's winning team consisted of Fireman Wells, Story, Peck and Terry. The judges for the event were the Chief Officer Mr H. Brewer and  2nd  officer, Mr L. Goodman both of  Kettering , the whole event being organised by the  Arnold Brigade in the persons of Chief Officer A. Barrett, Mr H. Marshall and Mr G. Holmes.

 As well as the Four Man Hose Cart, Arnold also won the Steamer Drill (dry) came first and second in the Escape Drill and third in the Steamer Drill (wet). The prizes being presented by Councillor S, Dove of Arnold.

As advertised, the entertainment concluding with the Red Cross club swinging and dancing to the Arnold Prize Band.

The photo shows the Arnold Brigade holding the Allen and Solly Cup.  Where is it now I wonder?

All articles © Bob Massey