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Waltham farmer's son helped firefighters with blazing barn

A Waltham farmer lost his complete stock of winter feed in a fire which tore through a new three-bay Dutch barn early one autumn morning in 1970.

Altogether, 175 tons of hay and 30 tons of straw were lost, totally £3,000 to £4,000, with the damage to the building doubling the bill.

The almost abstract looking photograph shows a fireman directing a jet of water on to the farmer’s son to cool him and his tractor as he helps clear the blazing barn.

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