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UPDATED: You may take to the popular auction website eBay to grab a pair of bargain shoes, or perhaps a charging cable for your phone. But now you can buy a piece of Isle of Wight firefighting history with the listing of a former Ryde appliance.

The 1964 Bedford TK would have once screamed through the streets to aid those in peril, in a time when fire safety was somewhat primitive to today’s standards. It would have gleamed a brilliant red and had been considered a top of the range, life-saving vehicle.

Although the colour has now faded and it hasn’t been used in anger for decades, the appliance still carries a number of original features such as the large escape ladder and a variety of hoses. It even still carries the words ‘RYDE’.

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The fire engine, which has covered just 21,000 miles since new, was seen on display at rallies in the late 80s.

The listing can be found at https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bedford-TK-fire-engine-/392219722216.

UPDATE SUNDAY 27th JANUARY – The former Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service appliance from Ryde, a 1964 Bedford TK, has been sold this lunchtime.

The fire appliance was listed on eBay a week ago, with a starting price of just 99p.

Today, one lucky bidder has won the 54 year old piece of island history on the online auction site for £1,600 after a total of 18 bids by 14 bidders were made.

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We are yet to know who brought the appliance, and whether or not it will remain on the Island.


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