With Author Dee Gordon for a double book-signing at Waterstones, Southend-on-Sea.
Giving a talk about EKCO to the Thames Amateur Radio Group on 7 March 2014, upon kind invitation by Mark Sanderson and Tom Humphries.
TARG, which was launched in September 2012, holds its meetings at Jubilee Hall, Waterside Farm Sport Centre, Somnes Ave, Canvey Island.
Meeting Author Sarah E Smith at my talk about EKCO Sounds by kind invitation to the Thames Amateur Radio Group on 7 March 2014.
Sarah took the plunge in 2013, putting aside her dreams of being a writer and made it reality with her first book: Secret of Aldwych Strand: End of the Pier Affair. “It's not been an easy journey, but then nothing worthwhile is.”
Interviewing Alf 'Chick' Fowler, ex-HMS "Sheffield", and James Lovett at The Royal Naval Association club (Area 5) in East Street, Southend-on-Sea, on 31 January 2014.
Interviewing Doug Shelley at the RNA Club in East Street, Southend, on 12 December 2011. Doug served for nine months on the M-class destroyer HMS Milne during the Arctic Convoys.
After his service, Doug was a Marshaller at Southend Airport.
Alfred, 'Chick' Fowler, the nickname given to him by his shipmates on HMS "Sheffield", allowed me many hours of interviewing time, including video, for my book ‘Voices from the Arctic Convoys’. Chick sadly passed away on 11 March 2020, aged 97.
The Power Room, situated off the central gallery of the underground air raid shelter at EKCO Southend, was equipped with a diesel engine which drove a dynamo and an air pump. This was the DC power back-up should a mains failure occur due to enemy bombing of the site. The air pump supplied forced air throughout the shelter via a series of outlet pipes, and the outward flow would have been maintained at a positive pressure to ensure against the ingress of gas.
The 400kg (63 st) and 2.8m (9 ft) tall mosaic and bronze sculpture of Eric Cole, founder of the EKCO company, standing on an AD65 Ekco radio, installed in the new Ekco Park housing estate opposite Priory Park, where the old factory once stood.
The head, hands and shoes by sculptor Anne Schwegmann-Fielding are cold-cast bronze, while the suit is made from a mosaic of 182 porcelain tiles fired with photographic transfers. The radio is made from Corten steel.
David Keddie JP, DL, wrote the foreword for RAF Southend 1940-1944 following an interview with him at his home at Ark Lodge, Rochford, Essex, on 18 March 2011. David will be most remembered for his role as chairman of the iconic independent store, “Keddies”, in Southend High Street from 1954 until 1996, when the retail began moving away from the High Street. He also pioneered the “SupaSave” store in Southend in 1960. David passed away on 18 February 2018, aged 88.