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
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