IN BRIEF - Harry Farthing gets a chance to show off his sculpting skills rather than his potting proficiency with a commission from the Biscuit Factory for a stone fountain.And all courtesy of PC McGarry.
We meet PC Mcgarry at the Camberwick Village Green just as he's about to set off for Chigley Pottery and we ride with him.Winnie shows him round the back as dad Harry is out in the garden doing some sculpture.The PC's just dropped by thank him for "the lovely jug" his wife received and invite him and his family round for tea.He's also surprised to see him working with stone rather than clay and Harry admits he'd like to do more if there was more demand for it.
The PC moves on to the Biscuit Factory and watches the vans load up with Messrs.Cresswell & Fletcher.And it's an opportunity for a quick Auntie Beeb speech about road safety as he compliments one of their drivers' (Pattison/Patterson ?) for his evasive action when 'Jimmy Rankin' ran onto the road after his ball a couple of days back.
Just before he leaves,he also praises the appearance of the Factory but offers the rather leftfield suggestion of a fountain as a way to set it off nicely and advises them that Mr.Farthing does sculpture as well as pottery.Seed sown,off he goes and Mr.Fletcher's assertion that "...it would look rather nice" wins Cresswell round.Harry Farthing gets the call,takes some "pictures" to the Factory to show Mr.C and a commission's agreed.
"3 weeks later" Mr.Swallow calls Brackett to let him know that the stone's arrived at the Wharf.And off we go in Bessie once again,picking up Harry and Winnie en route,loading the stone and steaming off.
PcMcGarry pops back to the Pottery to check on progress.And procedes to the Factory where he's just in time to see the foundations being dug by Farmer Bell and his "mechanical digger",watched by the builder Mr. Clutterbuck and several factory workers.A round of applause follows and we cut striaght to the unveiling where we're told "it took only 4 weeks for everything to be completed" (including the plumbing courtesy of Mr.Wilkins).The 6 o'clock whistle blows and with everyone in attendance the Mayor does the honours....and then it's straight on to the dance to round off procedings
TRIVIA: We don't actually get a very good view of the finished fountain but it's a fish or maybe two together (I think)