A former Manea haulier has produced a new book dedicated to all the drivers and owners of lorries which for many years took produce from the Fens to wholesale markets across the country.
Paul Fox, who worked for the family firm Foxes of Manea, which was set up in 1972 by his late father Harold Fox and older brother Trevor, has penned the 52-page book entitled Fenland Produce Hauliers.
Paul, who drove for the family company for more than 22 years, before leaving in 2005 to become a regional risk assessor for supermarket giants Tesco responsible for over 350 stores across the Eastern region, has collated pictures of well known hauliers, their drivers and their vehicles and has also explained the importance of their roles in hauling the fruit, produce and flowers from Fenland to the national markets.
Firms featured include Howard Kent Transport of Welney, Roger Goodmans Transport of Chatteris, Claphams Transport of Doddington and Albert Sismey of Benwick.
There are images of lorries of all shapes, sizes and dating from various eras and a little précis about the various companies and where appropriate even a little bit on individual drivers.
Paul also throws in the odd anecdote about his life behind the wheel and dedicates one tale to his late father.
He said: “It has taken quite a lot of work collecting the photos and finding out about the various companies and the drivers. I have found it interesting and I’m sure anyone who was involved will also find it interesting. Like so many past industries farming and the way Fenland’s Produce is now being distributed has changed dramatically,” said Paul.
Copies of Paul’s book can be obtained directly from him at a cost of £9 plus £2 postage from Sunnyside, Wisbech Road, Manea, PE15 0HB.