The following was issued in Old Glory Issue 226 - December 2008
Physical work on dismantling the Pudsey roller continued until around last April when - by arrangement - the Road Roller Association's Operations Agent, Ian Fearnley, pursued his long standing restoration project - his Sentinel DG6 waggon - which was steamed and driven to events this year.
Fundraising continued with the PRRF stand present at a Pudsey Family History Fair; Pudsey Carnival; a toy steam engine rally in Pudsey Park; Harewood Traction Engine Rally; a small Steam-up event at Beckwithshaw, Harrogate and a Transport Collectors' Fair in Pudsey Civic Hall. The PRRF stand is booked in along with a Road Roller Association display at an exhibition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UK's first motorway at Deepdale Football Ground, Preston on Thursday 4 December 2008 and another Transport and Collectors Fair in Pudsey on 10 January 2009.
A limited edition of model die-cast rollers has been obtained and are selling well. These are still available and make ideal Christmas presents. Postal sales on behalf of the PRRF are being handled in Pudsey at PRRF, 42 Alexandra Road, Pudsey LS28 8BY - at £12.45 inc postage. More fundraising items will be on sale soon.
Ian Fearnley resumed activities in late October. It has already been agreed that prices for a new tender will be sought. Following previous reports in Old Glory, other expressions of interest in doing this work have also been received but this has not yet been pursued as the old tender has not yet been removed for a pattern. It has also been agreed by the RRA sub-committee handling the Roller's restoration that a new barrel and firebox is required. Shot blasting facilities have been offered locally and also spray painting immediately afterwards at the cost of sand and paint.
Donations received include a new water lifter hose, a new set of chains from member Keith Sergeant, a newly overhauled pressure gauge from Stuart Gray and a new Majestic nameplate.
A number of 'new' photos of the roller in its playground guise have come to light recently and these will be shown at a talk being given to the Pudsey Civic Society about Pudsey's rollers. Fundraising continues and currently stands at £10,409,34.
Monetary donations to swell the fund will be very welcome and these should be sent to:- Pudsey Roller Restoration Fund, The Road Roller Association, 5 Dryden Avenue, Balderton, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire NG24 3QT.