This excellent sign-writing was recently done by our good friend Alison Milton, of www.alisonandhughshandmadethings.co.uk
‘8’ refers to Fire Force 8, which was Nottinghamshire.
‘D’ is for the City Centre District.
TL1 means that it is Turntable Ladder No 1 in the district.
Alison also made a leather strap using the original quick-release buckle. We have used it to restrain the new copper fire extinguisher. OK, so it’s a 1950’s pattern piece, but it looks just like the wartime ones.