Edney brothers’ investment paid off

Steaming ahead at Waterlooville in 1932
Steaming ahead at Waterlooville in 1932
Slimming - Carol Stedman, who raised the most money in the sponsored slim, presenting the proceeds to Julie McGuire

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Waterlooville haulage contractor Harry Edney is pictured in 1932 with one of his two Super Sentinel steam wagons which he and his brother Ernest used to fulfil their 12-year contract to haul 15-ton loads of beer from London to Portsmouth.

The brothers had to paint the name of the stout-makers, Hammerton, on the sides of their vehicles.

Both brothers declined to stay in their father’s farming business so each was given £1,000 and told to go it alone.

They invested their cash in the haulage business which became a success and were able to buy the new steam wagons from the Sentinel works at Shrewsbury. One was bought in July 1929 and another in the December.