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"The repose of sleep refreshes only the body. It rarely sets the soul at rest. The repose of the night does not belong to us. It is not the possession
of our being. Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms. In the morning we must sweep out the shadows."
"Water was the theme for two hours last night at Birmingham Central Fire Station, where the final was held of the N.F.S. "Water Bee,"
in which stations from the Birmingham and Coventry areas have participated. The competition was initiated by Fire Force Commander Coleman as entertaining and instructive way
in which firemen could learn about water supplies, their location, and the hundred and one technical problems that arise when they are brought into operation on even a small
scale. The two finalists - who answered their questions before a large audience - were Soho Hill Station [representing "C," West Birmingham Division] and the
despatch rider corps from "E" [Moseley] Division. The evening was a triumph for those who have become fire-fighters for the duration. Soho Hill team had a former
milkman, bookkeeper, general butcher and millwright; while the despatch riders included a postman, carpenter, commercial traveller, wholesale florist and an estate agent.
Most of them were rankers, with three or four years with the A.F.S. and N.F.S. part-time and whole-time. All have been through the blitzes. After a keen fight, the despatch
riders won by one and a half marks, and so gained the challenge cup and £1 apiece, while Soho Hill were awarded a secondary trophy and 10s. apiece. Individual champion
was Fireman Griffiths, of Soho station, whose 80 per cent, correct answers gained him a special guinea prize from Chief Fire Officer Westbrook."
"Soho Hill 'Water-Bee' Champions"
Evening Despatch : May 7th 1943 Page 4.