In compiling the history of the Broadway Fire Brigade I have drawn on many sources. For the early years I was able to take advantage of recently discovered Parish records which are now preserved at Worcester Records Office. This is a collection of papers, letters, notes, invoices etc., dating from the time when the Broadway Parish Council was formed at the end of the nineteenth century. It is a rich and fascinating source of information which includes much about the formation of the Broadway Fire Brigade. I am grateful for the assistance given to me by the staff at the Records Office.
Another important source of information was the Evesham Journal, which is available on micro-film at Evesham Library. This was especially useful for the wartime period when the Brigade was controlled by The National Fire Service, whose records were not available to me. For the later years I was able to study various log books which were stored at Broadway fire station. These date back to 1952, recording every incident attended by the Broadway crew since then, although not in any great detail [These log books are now in the care of Worcester Records Office].
For national history I relied heavily on A History of the British Fire Service by G V Blackstone. Written in the mid 1950s, this book is still considered to be the definitive history of fire-fighting in Britain.
I am also grateful to those people who were able to share their personal recollections with me. Although a number of people could remember the Broadway Brigade as it was before the Second World War, I had little by way of first hand accounts from the Brigade's ex members. When I started this project around 1993 there was only one person left alive (as far as I was aware) who had been a member of the pre-war brigade, and only a few more who had served in the 1950s and 60s.
My one disappointment is the apparent scarcity of photographs of the Brigade before the 1960s. I have been able to find only one photograph of the original manual fire engine, taken just prior to its scrapping in 1939. When new, the machine was such a source of pride to the villagers that it is almost inconceivable that it wasnt the subject of many photographs, especially as the village photographer had connections with the brigade.
I am especially grateful to the following:-
Brian Parsons 2003 (Fire-fighter at Broadway, 1973-2002)