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Leeds City Ambulance Station, interior


Leeds City Ambulance Station, interior
Description:
1980s. View of ambulances inside the Leeds City Ambulance Station, on Flax Place next to Saxton Gardens. Taken during the late 1980s.

User Comments:

Name:
Ruth

Comment:
I work for the ambulance service and Leeds Central station is still exactly like this. Newer ambulances but parked exactly the same. They've not even got new lights in 30 years! Great pictures :)

Date:
30-Mar-2011

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Name:
Keith Butterfield

Comment:
Wow, once again I have been transported back in time on seeing this photo and image 2007313_163016 immediately before it. My father worked for Leeds Ambulance Service for many years and then latterly, the West Yorkshire Metropolitan (?)Ambulance Service. (WYMAS) He was based at Saxton Gardens for many years in the 1960s and early 1970s before transferring to the Hill Top station in Bramley. When I was a young lad during the 1960s, my Dad would sometimes take me to Saxton Gardens station for a look around. As soon as I saw these photos, I was reminded of those times. In the garage, every sound echoed around the building, whether it was an engine starting, the shout of an ambulance driver or an ambulance door or bonnet slamming shut. Petrol or diesel fumes seemed to be constantly present as ambulances started their engines or returned to the garage after a call. And you were deafened if a driver turned on his bells or siren before exiting the garage! (Looking back, I bet they did this to "wind up" their mates still in the garage!) From what I remember, the driver's rest room was on one side of the building. My Dad has left some photos of the giant Diamler ambulances he and his mates drove in the 1960s parked outside Saxton Gardens and hopefully some day I will share them with Leodis. I can still hear the siren bells on these "monster machines" inside my head to this day! My father eventually retired from the Ambulance Service in his late 50s around 1982 through ill health. He served many years with Leeds Corporation/Council, originally Leeds City Transport Department, then the Leeds Ambulance Service.

Date:
20-Jul-2011

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Name:
Russell

Comment:
Looks brighter than I remember! Enjoyed my time working at Leeds Central....despite the volume of work!

Date:
06-Sep-2012

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Name:
Ron Davies

Comment:
I often visited this place to repair the drinks vending machine in the rest room. The company I was working for at the time was called Thwaites and Mathews, who also were industrial caterers running works and office canteens. The Leeds depot and office was on Cardigan Road next door to what was St Margarets Church.

Date:
20-Dec-2013

Email:
rondavies66@gmail.com

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Name:
Eric Doherty

Comment:
This brings back memories. Worked on the ambulances in the 60's together with my brother Alan before we both left to join the Leeds City Police. Great days and happy memories

Date:
10-Jul-2014

Email:
Eric_doherty@ymail.com

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