I drove for a living as soon as I was old enough.I started on seven and a half tonners and progressed up to what was the limit in those days,24 ton. I drove 4,6 and 8 wheelers as well as lorry and drag and artics. Tippers, tankers and low-loaders. By 1990 I had travelled every inch of every motorway and driven a lorry through every large town and city in England Scotland and Wales. I am proud of what I achieved as a lorry driver but I knew men who had done much more than me. I enjoyed meeting all the different people when I delivered my loads and the only time I ever had any sort of argument was in the dreaded Docklands in The East End of London. I met many nice people and travelled all my miles when everyone was nice and polite. I had some excellent bed & breakfast in Scotland where the breakfast would be as much as you could eat. I helped a Welshman early in my career, he was broke down on the M5 services and I was going very close to his house. I put his car on the back of my low loader and took him and his wife home. From that day on they always insisted I stayed at their house when I was on an overnight in S.Wales. The firms I worked for were Caledonian Transport, Tyseley. Henry Joiners in Short Heath Road Erdington. Overland Contracts,Lincoln Road Olton. I think the best one was Roy Lowe when the yard was in Greet, they are now in Cradley Heath. W.J.Law who were in Acocks Green. My first lorry was an old Albion, reg no. GBV 611.
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