Four events were planned to celebrate the founding of S&D in 1922 this year:-
The first took place on Saturday June 11th & Sunday June 12th at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire - A Display of Preserved SD Vehicles.
Saturday 3rd December in Belfast - A Road Run followed by a display in the Titanic Quarter.
Sunday 25th September at the Broadway Hotel, Letchworth Garden City - SD 100 A Celebration Event.
Monday 26th September until 30th November - An Exhibition at the Museum at One Garden City, Broadway, Letchworth.
The British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire, Saturday June 11th & Sunday June 12th
Sadly circumstances were against the organisers of the SD Display at Gaydon this weekend which only attracted four SD vehicles. At least two vehicles suffered mechanical issues which prevented their attendance. In addition co-organiser, Peter Johnston, has recently suffered ill health and so none of his splendid collection of preserved SD’s were able to come over from Northern Ireland. We assure Peter that he is in our thoughts and we are hoping for a speedy resolution to his health problems. However the other co-organiser, Malcolm Bates, brought the Folkestone “1922” Freighter, along with the Freighter a Latil Traulier came on a low loader. This dates from 1936 and in all probability was one of those manufactured by S&D. Steve Jones travelled from the Isle of Wight with his carefully maintained PN Revopak whilst Chris and Terry Prince brought their immaculate WX ex-London Fire Brigade Pump Escape. In addition Dennis Eagle displayed a preserved refuse collector and a 1914 lorry. It wasn’t the large display the organisers had hoped to put on, but the smaller display illustrated something of the variety of products SD produced. Throughout the time the display created a great deal of interest with, naturally, the Freighter being a unique example of the James Drewry’s ingenious design. The photo gives the flavour, I think, of a very enjoyable weekend. My thanks to Peter Johnston and Malcolm Bates for organising this display to celebrate the centenary of the founding of S&D.
I have been advised of this event in Belfast on 3rd September and details will be available nearer the date. The photo shows the Titanic Museum located in the Belfast docks area.
taken soundings, we are pleased that there is considerable enthusiasm
for another Enthusiasts’ Club
event. This will be similar to the SD Remembered event of September
2004 and we think the additional features that we are planning will
be attractive. Tickets priced at £20.00 per person will be on sale from 4th April.
Former SD Employees will no doubt regard the event as an opportunity to meet up with work colleagues, but we feel the event will be of a wider interest. A buffet supper will be provided and a licenced bar will be open throughout the event.
There will be a display of material from the SD Archive that has never previously been exhibited, including:
original photo books and publicity brochures
very rare photos from the Garden City Collection
the Medals Board from the Reception Area at the Icknield Way
a superb model on loan from the Hitchin museum of a ‘W’ type with Chelsea body
four amazing models created from thousands of matchsticks by an SD Demonstration Driver
memorabilia, souvenirs, and mementos from many ex-employees
information boards featuring some of the people who made the company what it was and Ten Top most outstanding achievements of the company
audio visual displays including the company’s promotional film from the 1970’s
Please could you help us by informing any former SD employees with whom you have contact about this event.
We are sorry to have to announce that the proposed SD Exhibition at the Museum at One Garden City, Letchworth, has been cancelled by the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation who control the museum. This is no way affects the SD 100 event at the Function Room of the Broadway Hotel for which we are now planning an enlarged display of exhibits.
I am deeply saddened by this news since we wanted the exhibition to
express to the residents of Letchworth our high regard for the
company and its reputation as an employer, a training organisation,
and a producer of highly regarded products.
Brian Carpenter. 4th July 2022.
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