1950's truck given new lease of life

You could be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped back into the 1950s if you see a Bedford truck bearing the company name ‘Jos. Richardson and Son Coal and Coke Merchants’ tootling around the Goole and Howden area.

Drawing upon the expertise of the highly-skilled team of technicians and mechanics at Glews on Rawcliffe Road, Goole, local businessman Tim Richardson has painstakingly restored the Bedford O Series truck after buying it locally.

Bedford Truck

Tim, who is Managing Director of Glews, explained: "The truck has been owned and run locally all its life, but had been out of use since the mid-1970s when I bought it. Over the course of 12 months, I worked with the team here at Glews to totally rebuild and restore it. We stripped it right down to the chassis, rebuilt the engine and then re-formed the body work here in the body shop.

"It's similar to the old lorries that we used when we operated a coal delivery business many years ago, so the paint shop here at Glews painted it in our original colours and added the company name.

"I've always been interested in anything mechanical and, for a number of years, I've been buying and restoring vintage vehicles, including tractors. I started to use the workshop here at Glews, where our team of mechanics, technicians and painters took a keen interest. As time went on, I involved them more and more as I think it's good for younger members of the team to understand and work with the type of technology that was used in the past.

"The Bedford truck has been our latest project and I'm delighted with the end result - it highlights just what the team here at Glews is capable of. The truck has certainly raised a few eyebrows when I've been out and about in it on the streets of Howden and Goole."

Tim's family business, which today trades under the name Glews, started life in 1892 as the coal distribution company Jos. Richardson and Son Coal and Coke Merchants. It was established by Tim's Great Grandfather, Joseph, and, since then, five generations of the Richardson family have worked for the business.

At one time, the company's distinctive dark green trucks were a familiar sight as they delivered coal and coke to homes throughout Goole, Howden and the surrounding villages. Tim delivered the very last bags of coal, along with his son Joseph and his late father David, in December, 1990.

Although the company acquired the Glews site on Rawcliffe Road back in 1978, it started life as a basic workshop. During the last 30 years, that arm of the business has gone from strength to strength, evolving into the well-known motor, fuel and convenience retailer that it is today. Tim's son, Joseph, and his co-director Graham Andrews now oversee the day-to-day running of the company.

Caption details for accompanying photograph: Tim Richardson - at the wheel of the newly-restored Bedford O Series truck, which is painted in the original company colours of ‘Jos. Richardson and Son Coal and Coke Merchants' - with the team of skilled mechanics and technicians at Glews who helped to give the vehicle a new lease of life.

Glews Garage Goole is a Peugeot Main dealer and Vauxhall Masterfit dealer, selling quality new and used cars in East Yorkshire to customers in Goole, Selby, Howden, Hull, Doncaster and surrounding areas. Glews servicing and repair centre offers quality servicing and MOT for all makes and models at reasonable prices.

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